Wilkinson County teacher resigns after spanking investigation

IRWINTON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A Wilkinson County teacher resigned Friday after the school board and sheriff’s office conducted a spanking investigation.

According to Jonathan Jackson, the Wilkinson County Schools spokesperson, Superintendent Dr. Aaron Geter accepted Lisa Reece’s resignation Friday.

The investigation started after a parent complained of improper spanking. Geter said in a statement, the school district and Wilkinson County Sheriff’s Office determined Reece violated the local board of education’s policy regarding physical punishment.

According to an incident report filed with the sheriff’s office, on November 10 investigators received a phone call from a crisis hot line in California asking about an incident that happened at the Wilkinson County Primary School involving a student and Reece. The hot line said Angel Langford of McIntyre made the complaint.

The report states Langford filed a complaint with Dr. Geter and other school officials about her son, second grader Jhaden Langford, being spanked by his teacher. Langford said she called the hot line because she felt the school staff was “trying to cover the incident up.”

“He was telling me that the students in his classroom were being spanked, grabbed up by their arms, and also hit in the head,” Langford told 41NBC over the phone.

Langford says her son told her Reece grabbed him by his arm and threatened to spank his bottom if he didn’t be quiet. The mother says the incident happened sometime in October.

“For the other children it was bottom spanking,” Langford said. “As for my child, it was just her grabbing his arm really tight.”

The school board says Reece worked as a teacher for more than 28 years.

“We take our students’ safety very seriously,” Dr. Geter said in a statement.

According to Georgia law, corporal punishment is legal. It states,

“All area, county, and independent boards of education are authorized to determine and adopt polices and regulations to use corporal punishment by school principals and teachers employed by such boards.”

The law further states corporal punishment can be used on students to maintain proper control and discipline.

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