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LMS Teacher Arrested, Out on Bond

Loganville Middle School teacher Kelly Guglietta, 31, was booked into the Walton County Detention Center at 7:30 a.m. Monday and immediately bonded out.

teacher Kelly Guglietta, 31, of Athens was booked into the Walton County Detention Center at 7:30 a.m. Monday. By 11:50 a.m. however, she had already bonded out.

The Walton Tribune reported that Loganville Police found sufficient cause to charge Kelly Guglietta, 31, of Athens, with one felony charge of second degree cruelty to childrent and terroristic threats and actions as well as misdemeanor charges of assault, battery and simply battery. Walton County Sheriff's Deputy Lora Stamey said the only charge on the docket is simple assault. However, the bond amount was $8,000 and Stamey said she wasn't sure whether that amount covered all the charges.

Guglietta was reported to be on administrative leave from the school system until the outcome of the investigation. The parents of the sixth-grade student went to WSB TV news with the story after they say they were not happy with the response from the Walton County Public School system when they complained. Police reportedly say witness statements supported the student's story that the teacher had pulled him up by his hoodie. She also allegedly threatened him by pulling scissors across her throat and threatened to "chop" his throat. The incident has sparked a lot of attention in the Walton County community with people taking a strong stand on both sides of the issue. 

cathy swanson February 02, 2012 at 07:58 PM
I agree John. 9 times out of 10 kids will lie when confronted especially if it involves getting a teacher in trouble.
cathy swanson February 02, 2012 at 08:07 PM
I find it interesting too that the police believe a childs "story". What abuse exactly? The child was terrorized when she grabbed him by his hoodie? Does anyone find this as ridiculous as I do? Anyone remember having to wrap their knuckles over the edge of the desk and get them smacked with the wood ruler? Then had to go back the next day and apologize to the teacher? What's really sad is that all you parents aren't more concerned that Ga is almost at the bottom of the list for SAT scores in this country. But keep worrying about the "abuse" your kiddies are getting at the hands of these terrible teachers who can't do their job because you won't.
C Smith February 02, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Cathy, are you a fellow teacher, relative or friend of Kelly Guglietta? You seem to have a lot of stock in defending her aberrant behavior that has been testified to here in more than one other's comments as well as the word of the police who have interviewed the witnesses to this abuse of a child.
C Smith February 02, 2012 at 09:13 PM
I'd also like to point out that it is a good thing that as a society we have long moved past abuses like smacking children's knuckles with wooden objects and humiliating children who have suffered abuse at the hands of an adult.
cj February 02, 2012 at 09:59 PM
cathy...it's obvious that you are not a child advocate. You don't believe anything kids say do you? Not all kids lie! Most adults do tho!
cj February 02, 2012 at 10:04 PM
C Smith...I'm sure there is a reason Cathy is defending this rogue teacher. You know what...if Guglietta had done this to her kid (if she has ever had any) she should/would want the police to do the same thing. Find out if it was true and then take action. OR maybe not...she doesn't seem like she would be a good parent! But she sure would be smacking knuckles though!
cathy swanson February 03, 2012 at 12:41 PM
C. Smith. No.. never met the woman and I"m not defending her specifically, although I do believe the implied "abuse" in this case is utterly ridiculous. I"m defending ALL teachers who have to deal with kids whose parents are only involved when they think their child has been "abused" and they can get something out of it monetarily, but never bother to show up to PTA meetings, or school functions, or have any contact with the schools and/or teachers that are educating their children. My momma always said " The guilty scream the loudest".
cathy swanson February 03, 2012 at 12:47 PM
cj.. you kow what they say about assuming things.
cj February 03, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Well Cathy you're right. How dare the police or any other logical thinking human being ever believe what a child and other children witnesses have said. They surely could never tell the truth about what a teacher did. And we know that teachers always tell the truth and never lie about anything! You just keep living in your fantasy world! I'm sure you're comfortable there.
Stephi February 03, 2012 at 09:18 PM
First, @passingby- "TV doesn't lie"....seriously? My issue with this whole story is how much it had changed from the original statement made by the student on TV. It started out that she pulled him out of his seat by his hoodie, held scissors to HIS throat, and told him that she was going to chop his throat. The day after, Guglietta supposedly picked him up 10 in off the ground in the hall. There have been so many aspects of this story that has been dropped, I'm starting to think that this is not even close to child abuse. I think this is a group of kids that saw an opportunity to get a teacher they didn't like in trouble and it got out of hand. Don't say students that don't do that type of thing because they do. An elementary school class wrote a petition saying that the teacher was sexist and treated the boys unfairly regarding grades and behavior. Teacher got in trouble and every student admitted that they lied. Of course I want all children to feel safe and loved, however children often exagerrate. My main point is that this incident may ruin this woman's life and she should be considered innocent until proven guilty.
parentconcerned February 04, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Agreed Stephi!!! I don't see how anyone would want to become a teacher this day in time! Parents want to put there job on these teachers and then when they discipline their child they want to ruin their lives and sue!! The world today is all about sue to get rich and ruin an innocent persons life!
passingby February 04, 2012 at 03:08 AM
At steph and parentc.: I agree with cj and c smith (my opinion). It's amazing how stories do get changes....TV (no, it doesn't lie)...print (misprints - make front page story before a competitor and miss facts) Not sure if you did, but I Tivo the news every night and, of course, caught this story on Channel 2 via Tivo. Story: All started with a comment this boy DIDN'T make. Another boy made a comment about the extreme amount of hair gel Ms. G had in her hair. She thought the boy accused said it, but he DID NOT. It started when Ms. G, who he is not familiar with, walked into his classroom and another student made a smart comment about Ms. G and she thought it was this student. On Monday, when comment was made, she turned to this innocent child and tried to pull him out of his chair ... then she reached for the scissors and gestures/comments were made. Then Tuesday, threats continued when he encountered Ms. G in hall...she pulled him into another teacher's classroom and pulled off of ground and asked why he didn't have his agenda, but he showed it to her. Dad requested answers for the actions of this teacher, but school kept talking about "privacy laws", nor would the board give answers. Father couldn't get any answers about possible reprimanding of this teacher. Now, if you have access to Tivo, then there you have it...the story. I personally respect teachers and agree some students need reprimanding...this child,no,another child admitted wrongdoing, another paid!
Megan Wheatley McCray February 04, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Passingby - Amazing, isn't it? I know you know what I am talking about, so I will leave it at that. Am I missing something though? I don't recall ever hearing or reading in any of the reports that the parents are sueing? Have you? Whose assuming what???? Who seems to be screaming the loudest on this wall post?? I know you will understand what I am saying here in the nicest way possible!!
passingby February 04, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Megan - I believe I do. Be nice ;) You have adults, and then you have ..... well, you understand what I am trying to say....LOL! Just let it happen to their children and see what would be done. In fact, I say let their boss do something similar to them, like this situation, and see if they RUN to the BBB, unemployment, the News, etc.... So next time they are on a timeline, and their boss picks up a pair of sciccors, points it at them and says, "start typing, I need this right away", let's see what these commentators do....LOL!!!! Nice chatting with ya!
C Smith February 04, 2012 at 12:36 PM
passingby, nice analogy! Megan Wheatley McCray, I know what you mean about those who are screaming the loudest on the wall post. The nature of flying monkeys is what it is.
Sharon Swanepoel February 04, 2012 at 03:46 PM
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soapbox suzi February 08, 2012 at 02:34 PM
all the back & forth is b.s!! what she did was WAY out of line & instead of being on administrative leave & being paid with my tax dollars she should be FIRED!!! whether is was a "bad day" or "bad judgement" there is NO EXCUSE for a teacher behaving this way! i would to think about what actions i would take if this were my child!!!
cathy swanson February 08, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Back and forth? If our teachers weren't spending all their time teaching a bunch of rude and disprespectful kids whose parents can't be bothered to discipline their own kids and then want to complain to the people who are doing their job, Ga. probably wouldn't be 48 in the nation for SAT scores. I seriously doubt 99% of all you parents who are whining could even handle being a teacher for a day. Prove it and do it for a few days then come back here and whine about how your kiddies are all angels. I bet none of you can be bothered which just shows how being a crybaby is more important than your childs education. The guilty scream the loudest.
C Smith February 08, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Right on soapbox suzi! I, too, resent my tax dollars paying her indefinitely instead of firing her right away. A police investigation that turns up cause to arrest should be grounds for firing. What is wrong with the Walton County School Board?!??!
Megan Wheatley McCray February 08, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Cathy - You seem to be the only one screaming the loudest after everyone's comments, whether they agree with you or not! So what are you guilty of?
SUNKEN SUB February 09, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Let's give this teacher the benefit of the doubt. Recently in Fulton county a schools counselor was acquitted of charges similar in nature. It took two years to gain the acquittal, he lost his license during the period and could not even visit his own children in their schools. Where does he go now to get his reputation rebuilt ? BTW he is black and male. Justice grinds slowly but it grinds on.
C Smith February 10, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Sunken Sub, let's give this child the benefit of the doubt. I don't trust adults who want to err on the side of an adult accused of child abuse as this teacher has been. Let's let everything work out in the legal system and support this child in the meantime. Kelly Guglietta is an adult. She's perfectly capable of taking care of herself where this child is not.
Stephanie Wilson February 10, 2012 at 01:08 AM
I dont know this woman or this child but I know A LOT of students are upset that she has been accused of such. Apparently shes LOVED by many.... That says a lot- Middle School Children are generally a tough crowd. Prayers with this teacher.
Stephanie Wilson February 10, 2012 at 01:19 AM
It has been reported that this woman has been a teacher at this school for a while without incident. In fact shes been sick with Cancer- not beating on kids. Id never dismiss anything a child says HOWEVER sometimes, you have to look at the facts. You cant ruin the womans life and make her a FELON just cause some kid said so. Kids lie.
SUNKEN SUB February 10, 2012 at 01:41 AM
From what I read, I believe the rope has already been strung up for the teacher. If the boy is telling the truth, so be it. Benefit of doubt is a double edged weapon. Careful, don't get cut on the back swing. Let S/HE who is without stones, cast the first sin.
SUNKEN SUB February 10, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Check :)
C Smith February 10, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Seems to be a lot of people with a horse in Kelly Guglietta's race. Sticking to my guns. Not worried about getting cut on the back swing. A child's welfare is much, much more important.
T. Bartley February 17, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Is there any proof other than the comments of witnesses? You can't prove that you saw something happen. Just because you say it, doesn't make it true. When the police have hard evidence of these "crimes", then I'll believe it. Until then, it's nothing more than students blowing something out of proportion. If the school's administration didn't do anything about it, then I have hard time believing the police did. In my experience, school districts would much rather take the side of caution instead of letting a "rogue" teacher abuse students. After all of this is over, I hope the teacher sues the police, and sues the family of the boys who started this rumor. Do you know how difficult it is as a teacher when everyday you come to work, and the only thing standing between being fired and arrested is that students tell the truth. If a teacher pisses off the wrong student, and parent, all it takes is an accusation like this, and now the teacher's career is ruined. Even after this teacher is found innocent, what school would hire her? Even being involved in a scandal like this is enough reason for schools not to hire someone.
Edgar Horton April 11, 2012 at 05:57 PM
I was standing in line behind her today at lunch and heard her say that the DA is considering dropping all charges, and if they do, she plans "to sue the F*** out of the family" for defamation of character.
brook stiler January 09, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Which is why you come off so myopic. Cotton Mather helped send a number of witches to the gallows when he was "erring on the side" of the safety of the community. Having been the victim of a number of vindictive accusations by children at the school where I taught, I can't tell you how much your perspective inflames me. I hope YOU get accused over some baseless rumors spread by children who want to watch the fireworks go off. Then you might not want to "err" on the side of safety.

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