Substitute Teacher Charged With Making Terroristic Threats After Georgia Fifth Graders Claim He Said ‘Murder’: Cops

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Source: Effingham County Sheriff’s Office; UNSPLASH

May 25 2023, Updated 2:56 p.m. ET

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A substitute teacher in Georgia was removed from a middle school classroom after students claim he said the word “murder,” authorities said.

Three fifth graders at Guyton Elementary School in Effingham County recently went to the school’s principal, Gregory Manior, and reported Tony Davis, 23, said what they claimed were inappropriate things, according to WSB-TV.

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“The principal immediately went down to the classroom and asked him, ‘Did you use the word murder?’” Guyton Police Chief James Breletic said, the station reported. “The substitute teacher said, ‘Yes.’”

Manior and the school’s resource officer spoke with Davis after removing him from the classroom.

“He did repeat the word ‘murder,’” Chief Breletic said. “But said it was a student who said it.”

School officials escorted Davis from the campus and the principal said in a statement that he “went back to the classroom to let the students know that they are safe and that they will never see this individual at our school again.”

Davis posted bond after he was charged with misdemeanor terroristic threats and booked into a local jail, according to authorities.

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“We’re still looking through the investigation to find out exactly what was said,” Breletic noted. “We’re concerned predominately about the safety of our children and our faculty.”


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