Teacher accused of threatening principal shares her side of story

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. — Authorities are investigating after an elementary school teacher allegedly got into a verbal fight with the principal at her school.

According to documents obtained by Channel 2 Action News, Trimecia Debrante Boyd was working as a substitute teacher at South Salem Elementary School when the argument happened April 25.

Boyd allegedly got into a verbal fight with the principal in her office and threatened her. She is charged with terroristic threats and acts -- and out of a job.

Boyd told Channel 2's Audrey Washington that despite the accusations, there's more to the story.

“She was not threatened, ever," Boyd said.

She said the situation started when the principal told her to get off the phone while on the job. The word exchange continued as they walked to the principal’s office.

Then, Boyd said, the principal made some offensive comments.

“She was very racist,” Boyd claimed, saying the principal started name calling.


Washington asked the school district about that claim. Officials said they know nothing about any racist comments made.

Boyd said the principal also refused to pay her for the day.

So Boyd said she told the principal, “If you don’t pay me, there’s going to be some issues.”

Officials took the comment as a threat.

Sherri Davis, the director of public relations for Newton County School System, sent Channel 2 Action News the following statement:

“We are aware of an incident involving a substitute teacher at South Salem Elementary School. The substitute displayed inappropriate behavior and ultimately charges were filed. She no longer serves as a substitute with our school system.”

Boyd told the district she has no desire to return.

“I don’t want or need to work with people like her at South Salem Elementary,” Boyd said.

Boyd said she's never had any issues with the principal in the past.