Child cruelty case dismissed
Instructor, paraprofessional charged in March
All charges against a special education teacher and paraprofessional arrested in March for cruelty to children were dismissed by a grand jury Friday.
Derrick Roberts, a special education teacher at Alcovy High School, and Nanette Surber, a paraprofessional, had been charged with simple battery misdemeanor and child cruelty felony after another school system employee reported to authorities that she allegedly witnessed acts such as putting soap in the mouth of a severely handicapped, non-verbal student and placing packing tape over the mouth of the same student.
Roberts and Surber both testified before the Newton County Superior Court grand jury on Friday, according to Roberts’ attorney Michael Waters.