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Accused Cartersville High Teacher Fired

The Cartersville City Schools board upheld the termination of Sean McDermott, a math teacher employed by the system since August, who is the subject of a police investigation.

Updated Friday, 2 p.m.

CPD Capt. Mark Camp clarified a previous statement on "credible witnesses."

He said in this case, the witnesses police interviewed "didn't see anything," referring to the alleged inappropriate touching.

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The Cartersville High School teacher accused of inappropriately touching a student has been fired as the police investigation continues.

During a called meeting Tuesday, the Cartersville City Schools Board of Education upheld Superintendent Howard Hinesley's recommendation to terminate math teacher Sean McDermott's contract. He had been employed with the system since August.

"McDermott had asked for a hearing before the Board of Education following an investigation based upon complaints of students," Assistant Superintendent Ken Clouse said in a statement. "Those complaints and the resulting investigation indicated a violation of the Georgia Educators Code of Ethics." 

McDermott is currently the subject of a related, ongoing criminal investigation, Cartersville Police Department Capt. Mark Camp confirmed.

Last month, , prompting authorities to investigate incidents that allegedly occurred from Oct. 15 to Nov. 8.

McDermott was placed on administrative leave. His hearing Tuesday was lengthy; it began at 9 a.m. and concluded about 7:30 p.m., according to Clouse.

"Each side in the matter was allowed to call witnesses and present evidence. The burden of proof fell on the school system to make its case," Clouse added. "Regretfully, the school board came to its conclusion and upheld the termination recommendation."

Police have not charged McDermott with any crimes. Camp said investigators still need to interview another student, who is considered a witness, but added authorities to date have found "no credible witnesses."

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SCIU January 03, 2013 at 06:34 PM
No Supporting evidence....I was there during the event and some of my other witnesses also in class. The person(S) who reported the teacher the teacher talked to me and my other witnesses about how she disliked McDermott before a few days this happened shortly after the accident another strange quote by a few students " Man I hate McDermott wish he would get fired" 1 week later this happened. Another fact this so called "accident" "did not happen in class but shortly after class ended " which is fake nothing happened my fellow witnesses spread across all periods of class reported nothing happening except the same chattering of how they hated McDermott. There are some many stories of how this happen which they are all hoax. Strange how people chatter when they leave their class not knowing who and what listening! I have loads more info- exact names of everyone included in this - dates - quotes But thats no use now.
SCIU January 03, 2013 at 06:34 PM
No Supporting evidence....I was there during the event and some of my other witnesses also in class. The person(S) who reported the teacher the teacher talked to me and my other witnesses about how she disliked McDermott before a few days this happened shortly after the accident another strange quote by a few students " Man I hate McDermott wish he would get fired" 1 week later this happened. Another fact this so called "accident" "did not happen in class but shortly after class ended " which is fake nothing happened my fellow witnesses spread across all periods of class reported nothing happening except the same chattering of how they hated McDermott. There are some many stories of how this happen which they are all hoax. Strange how people chatter when they leave their class not knowing who and what listening! I have loads more info exact names - dates - quotes But thats no use now.
Always an Emerson girl! January 03, 2013 at 07:02 PM
I am absolutely dizzy and cross-eyed after reading your comment, SCIU. I have never understood people have obviously have no use for a period at the end of a sentence or the injection of a comma. Why wouldn't your information be of any use now? If it's true, you could very well be the difference in this man getting his job back (not that he will probably want it) and protecting his character.
Always an Emerson girl! January 03, 2013 at 07:04 PM
"People WHO obviously have no use..." good grief, you've rubbed off on me in just one minute! :)
kk January 10, 2013 at 09:04 PM
If you really want to help the the teacher write everything down and give it to him. His repuatation, career and integrity are all on the line. Feeb

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