School board approves teacher resignation after Athens arrest

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Board of Education approved the resignation of an Indian Creek Middle School teacher who was arrested last week in Athens after he allegedly held a Taser in front of him and pretended it was his penis.

Meredith Grayson Watson, who was a technology teacher at ICMS, had submitted his resignation, effective Nov. 26, citing personal reasons. The school board unanimously approved it during its monthly meeting Tuesday.

He had worked for the Newton County School System, all at ICMS, since August 2001.

Watson, 44, of Hiawassee Avenue in Athens, faces charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct following the incident that occurred at 2:30 p.m. 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 incident report from the Athens-Clarke County Police, officers 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, who appeared "very intoxicated" and possibly under the influence of drugs. Watson denied having a Taser.

The bartender told police that when Watson and his wife entered the bar, they were arguing about Watson's level of intoxication and about him being "high and that he was going to end up in jail."

His wife left, and Watson briefly followed, but then returned to the bar to continue drinking.

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. He set the Taser off at people walking by, but police made no mention that anyone was actually shocked by the Taser during the incident.