Bibb Teacher Quits After Pepper-Spray Charge

3:01 PM, Apr 7, 2011   |    comments
Barbara Neeley
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A teacher at Bibb County's Elam Alexander Academy, accused of pepper-spraying a special-needs student, resigned Wednesday.

Bibb school spokesman Chris Floore says Barbara Neeley resigned after school officials completed their internal investigation of the pepper-spray incident. Neeley still faces a charge of cruelty to children, according to Macon police.

Floore said Neeley has worked for the district since 1998, as a teachers aide and teacher.

According to a Macon police news release, officers were called to the Elam Alexander on Ridge Avenue Friday.

The release says a school video captured Neeley spraying the 14-year-old boy. Police say two boys were disrupting a classroom and Neeley told them to return to their seats.

She warned she would pepper spray them if they didn't sit down. They didn't, police say, and Neeley sprayed them. One boy closed his eyes and was not affected; the other boy was treated by a nurse and his parents were called to school.

The news release says the student suffered from mild retardation, obsessive-compulsive disorder and attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder.

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