Former Savannah-Chatham School Employees Indicted for Child Abuse: What You Need to Know

Former Savannah-Chatham School Employees Indicted for Child Abuse: What You Need to Know
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Two for­mer employ­ees of the Savan­nah-Chatham Coun­ty Pub­lic School Sys­tem (SCCPSS) have been indict­ed by a Chatham Coun­ty grand jury on sep­a­rate child abuse charges.

The inci­dents involv­ing Seward Hamil­ton and Elliot Brown are deeply con­cern­ing and require imme­di­ate attention.

Seward Hamil­ton, indict­ed for cru­el­ty to chil­dren in the first degree, alleged­ly caused a child under 18 years of age exces­sive phys­i­cal pain by grab­bing and throw­ing them, result­ing in injury. 

This inci­dent took place at Build­ing Bridges Mid­dle School, and the SCCPSS respond­ed swift­ly by launch­ing an inves­ti­ga­tion and reas­sign­ing Hamil­ton to a non-stu­dent-fac­ing role.

Regard­ing Elliot Brown, a spe­cial edu­ca­tion para­pro­fes­sion­al at Groves High School, he faces charges of crim­i­nal attempt to com­mit a felony and child molesta­tion. Brown is accused of mak­ing inap­pro­pri­ate com­ments about a female stu­den­t’s body and attempt­ing improp­er sex­u­al contact. 

The dis­trict act­ed prompt­ly, reas­sign­ing Brown away from stu­dents dur­ing the inves­ti­ga­tion. Brown sub­se­quent­ly resigned, and the mat­ter has been report­ed to the Geor­gia Pro­fes­sion­al Stan­dards Commission.

The SCCPSS takes any alle­ga­tion of mis­con­duct by its employ­ees seri­ous­ly and coop­er­ates ful­ly with author­i­ties. The dis­tric­t’s com­mit­ment to the safe­ty and well-being of its stu­dents remains unwa­ver­ing. Fur­ther inquiries regard­ing these cas­es should be direct­ed to the Chatham Coun­ty Dis­trict Attor­ney’s Office.

Our pri­or­i­ty is to ensure a safe and secure learn­ing envi­ron­ment for all stu­dents. We encour­age open com­mu­ni­ca­tion and report­ing of any con­cerns to pro­tect our stu­dents from harm. The SCCPSS remains ded­i­cat­ed to uphold­ing the high­est stan­dards of pro­fes­sion­al­ism and accountability.

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