Ex-Tapp Principal Is Guilty, Board Members Say
The full board has 10 days on whether to agree with the ruling from Monday's hearing for Jerry Dority, the Marietta Daily Journal says.
- March 20, 2012
Three Cobb Board of Education members have found former Tapp Middle Principal Jerry Dority guilty of mishandling a case of possible child abuse, according to the Marietta Daily Journal.
The MDJ says that the full board has 10 days on whether to agree with the verdict from the three members who participated in Monday's eight-hour hearing—David Banks, David Morgan and Tim Stultz. The agreement, in the form of a majority vote, would lead to her termination.
Dority, 50, and a counselor at Tapp, 40-year-old Yatta Collins, were arrested earlier this month for allegedly failing to report the possible abuse immediately to authorities. Collins' hearing is scheduled to begin March 27. They are both on paid administrative leave.
The two pleaded the Fifth on Monday, citing the criminal charges against them, WSB-TV reported.
State law says that a person overseeing children, like at a school, must report a case of suspected abuse immediately, but in no case later than 24 hours from the time “there is reasonable cause to believe a child has been abused.” Failure to do so results in a misdemeanor charge.
Dority and Collins allegedly waited until after that time to report the case to authorities.