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Former Newton County teacher arrested after making suggestive actions with Taser

COVINGTON -- A former Indian Creek Middle School teacher was arrested last week by Athens-Clarke County Police after he allegedly held a Taser in front of him and pretended it was his penis.

Meredith Grayson Watson, 44, of Hiawassee Avenue in Athens faces charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct following the incident that occurred at 2:30 in the afternoon on Monday, Nov. 19, at the Roadhouse, an Athens bar on North Lumpkin Street. Newton County School System employees were on Thanksgiving break last week.

According to the police incident report, police were called to the bar by the bartender who reported that Watson was setting the Taser off in the bar. When police arrived, they attempted to talk to Watson, but reported, "He cooperated but his actions were very slow and he was unsteady on his feet. His breath smelled of an alcoholic beverage and his speech was slurred. He appeared to be very intoxicated and possible (sic) under the influence of drugs ... I tried to question him about the Taser he had. He denied having a Taser. Another patron of the bar had taken the Taser from him and gave it to officers. Most of the questions I asked, he couldn't give me much of a coherent answer."

The bartender told police the wife was a "good customer" at the Roadhouse, but she had never seen Watson before. She stated the couple was arguing about Watson's level of intoxication and about him being "high and that he was going to end up in jail. She (the wife) then left the bar. He went after her but quickly returned and continued to drink," the report states.

When Watson re-entered the bar, he began discharging the Taser and "then went outside and put the Taser down to his pants and was acting like it was his penis," the report states. "When people would walk by he would shock it at them and would come as close as arm's reach from them and set the Taser off. He scared a few girls so much they crossed the street to get away."

Police made no mention that anyone was actually shocked by the Taser during the incident.

When police placed him under arrest, Watson denied having the Taser and refused to take it as his property.

According to Newton County School System's director of Public Relations, Sherri Davis-Viniard, the school system is in receipt of Watson's resignation, which will come before the Newton County Board of Education at tonight's meeting. He was a technology teacher at Indian Creek.

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ShannonBlack 1 year, 4 months ago

VOTE NO ON SPLOST MARCH 19TH 2013

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Freshvoice2012 1 year, 4 months ago

HUMAN RESOURCES IN NEWTON COUNTY IS AWFUL. THE WHOLE DEPARTMENT NEEDS GUTTING STARTING WITH THE BOSSMAN DENNIS CARPENTER.

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Watermelonlover 1 year, 4 months ago

No wonder HillPhoenix said no. Dear Baxter put your kids in our schools. We have pot brownies, teachers arrested in the last year on cocaine charges, sexting students (same school those two) and taser issues. We also have low scores, bad crime in our schools and a principal who threatens and sues people then drops her suit when the bd member's attorney cooks her butt demanding documents of allegations of missing money and alcohol purchases and consumption. Guess who is the common thread in these messes including the NHS principal of 2 years ago? Dennis Carpenter. He must go!

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Crazyhooker99 1 year, 4 months ago

Wasn't Dennis Carpenter & Rocky Sams in biz together? "Lead Learners LLC?

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inthemiddle 1 year, 4 months ago

These are "shocking" allegations

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jwm1955 1 year, 4 months ago

We have teachers like this teaching the children of our future, ( and people wonder why our country is missed up) When B O E decides to overhaul the system and we get the right people in place only then will our children learn anything.

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deathtotaxes 1 year, 4 months ago

Hey Baxter good luck finding any educated employees from the NCSS!

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momofone 1 year, 4 months ago

My husband works for Hillpheonix. There main office is in Conyers and they have been mulling over having a massive one building center built in that area for the last five years or so. It had nothing to do with the school system, most of the employees already live in the Newton/Rockdale area and I am not sure where the newspaper got there numbers but I cannot see that they would have been adding the number of jobs they were talking about.

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