James Jackson Elementary School teacher, Deirdre Knight, has learned that she will be allowed to keep her job. The news comes following a review of evidence and testimonies in the Clayton County case of kindergarten students participating in sexual behavior in the classroom.
Knight learned Monday afternoon that the panel found her actions appropriate in the way she handled the discovery of several of her kindergarten student engaging in sexual activities.
Two weeks ago, during knight’s administrative hearing, she gave her account of the March event in her classroom involving as many as five kindergarten students. The report stated that students were able to find a particular part of the classroom where they could not be seen while participating in “inappropriate sexual conduct”.
One of the students even testified about the activities during the May hearing. School officials felt that Knight should be terminated because they say she failed to notice this activity going on in her classroom. System District attorney, Winston Denmark stated, "This is one of the more disturbing cases I've been involved in."
But Deirdre Knight’s attorney, Sharese Shields maintained that knight did not deserve to lose her job because she immediately reported the incident appropriately.
Knight told Channel 2 Action News that she was pleased with the outcome of the hearing and that after all of the evidence was heard the panel was able to make an informed decision.
The panel’s decision will be forwarded to the Clayton County School Board for its final approval.