By Savannah Smith  |  08-11-2018   News
Photo credit: Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office

The Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office released the shocking video of a teacher attacking a student, with the footage even showing the teacher’s hands around the student’s neck. The incident eventually cost the teacher his job in felony charges last year.

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The teacher in the video has been identified as 61-year-old Tim Garner. Prosecutors said last year that Garner crossed the line the moment he grabbed the 17-year-old student by his throat and dragged him down a table in the school cafeteria as shown in the video.

The footage came from the surveillance video taken inside Lumpkin Mountain Education Charter High School last year. The school is an alternative one for students “who have gotten trouble at other schools in the district.”

Garner claimed that the trouble only started when he asked the student involved to “clean up the mess he had made in the cafeteria.”

The former teacher also described the student as “a troubled teen with a violent past.”

The video shows the student and two others messing around with a Styrofoam box, passing it around. Then Garner can be seen next standing up and seemingly asking the students to leave the cafeteria. Things took a turn for the ugly and violent when the teen in question attempted to leave.

Garner is insisting he only attacked the student in “self-defense.” He claimed he was afraid that the student would do a head-butt on him or something as dangerous.

Garner shared his recollection of the incident. He claimed: “He didn’t say anything until he put his hand on me and when he did that, I reacted. He was right up on me and when he did that. The next thing, I just wanted to control his hitting hand. He's right-hand dominant and that’s all he hits with. I’ve never seen him throw a punch with his left hand."

Zack Tumlin, the lawyer for the unnamed student, disputed Garner’s claims in a statement describing the former teacher’s claims that the student is a troubled teen with a violent past and that he was the one who initiated contact as both “absurd.”

Instead, the lawyer asserted: “The truth of the matter, as the video clearly shows, is that Coach Garner decided to subdue and choke a child for almost 50 seconds as a method of exercising discretionary discipline for a minor infraction in the lunchroom.”

Tumlin added that they expect Garner to be held accountable for his lapse in judgment and for the school district “to do the right thing in settling the civil claims that will follow the criminal prosecution.”


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jdb No. 33659 1533999850

NO DOUBT the kid is out of control and is where he is because he lacks serious discipline in his life! The kid is probably going to "get over" on this one, but somewhere down the line he will reap what he has sown!

tj No. 33662 1534002224

the student likely deserved it. Unfortunately, the legal ramifications dpn't accept those types of punishment anymore: which leads me to a REALLY scary question: What will the millennial generation become ? think that my generation is getting coddled WAY too much!!

Anonymous No. 33664 1534003887

The teacher is wrong. People cannot physically attack anyone except for a few specific reasons.

The kid is probably the Tasmanian Devil. He probably provokes this response daily, but it's not enough to defend this "teacher's" vicious attack on an unarmed student in his care.

His parents should have to pay to get this boy in-patient treatment, and the teacher needs to be prosecuted.

Anonymous No. 33676 1534020551

Back in the late 80’s this was commonplace in “normal” public schools if we caused trouble in certain classes. I was held up to the ceiling by my throat by the same teacher that choked and elbowed my best friend weeks prior. Upon complaining we were given suspension and subsequently punished at home as well. Was it right? Probably not. But it did work at keeping us from acting up in class.

Tab No. 33686 1534037089

the kid is getting a life-long lesson that the legal system will protect him when he's being a little asshole. i GUARANTEE that the taxpayers will have to foot the bill for this pos kid his entire life.

Georgiana No. 33711 1534053799

Pretty harsh " judgments" by people who don't have all the facts. Not a practice in the '80's; still a crime in '80's.

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Anonymous No. 33719 1534064339

Self defense. Right!

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