Music educator faces misdemeanor battery charges - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Music educator posts bond on battery charges

Posted: Updated:
Jamar Smith (Source: Facebook) Jamar Smith (Source: Facebook)
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Campaign to help adults go back to college

    Campaign to help adults go back to college

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:57 AM EDT2014-07-31 09:57:38 GMT
    Georgia officials are teaming up with the state's universities and technical colleges to get adults back in School.The "Go Back. Move Ahead." Campaign will help Georgians who completed some college to return and finish their degrees.It's part of Governor Deal's "Complete College Georgia" initiative. The campaign will help returning students with scheduling and course selection."People are always learning and we want to make sure that we embrace that when they come back to schools," said Beth ...More >>
    Georgia officials are teaming up with the state's universities and technical colleges to get adults back in School.The "Go Back. Move Ahead." Campaign will help Georgians who completed some college to return and finish their degrees.It's part of Governor Deal's "Complete College Georgia" initiative. The campaign will help returning students with scheduling and course selection."People are always learning and we want to make sure that we embrace that when they come back to schools," said Beth ...More >>
  • Missing man with Alzheimer's Disease Found

    Missing man with Alzheimer's Disease Found

    Thursday, July 31 2014 4:34 AM EDT2014-07-31 08:34:46 GMT
    Authorities in Berrien County are searching for a man with Alzheimer's Disease that has gone missing.They say John Bethea was last seen heading south on White Pond Road in Nashville at 11 a.m.More >>
    Authorities in Berrien County are searching for a man with Alzheimer's Disease that has gone missing.They say John Bethea was last seen heading south on White Pond Road in Nashville at 11 a.m.More >>
  • Albany cheerleading team could be on reality show

    Albany cheerleading team could be on reality show

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:42 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:42:06 GMT
    Dr. Latonya Peterson, Assistant CoachDr. Latonya Peterson, Assistant Coach
    An Albany cheerleading team could be featured on a reality show. More than 50 girls tried out to join the two time national champion Albany Elite “Tiger Paws.”More >>
    An Albany cheerleading team could be featured on a reality show. More than 50 girls tried out to join the two time national champion Albany Elite “Tiger Paws.”More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Monroe High School band director turned himself into authorities Tuesday afternoon and was charged with simple battery for striking a couple of elementary school students earlier in September.

Investigators say 32 year old Jamar Smith, a teacher at Morningside Elementary School, pushed a fifth grade female student against a wall and then slapped a fifth grade boy student in the face three times.

School police issued arrest warrants this week, and Smith turned himself in to Sheriff's Office officials at the jail and posted bond for one thousand dollars on the misdemeanor charges. Smith has been on administrative leave with pay since September 20th.

Dougherty County School Superintendent Dr. David  Mosely said, "It's always disappointing when you have an employee who doesn't follow the guidelines. You have to pay the price if you're going to break the rules."

Smith later posted a $1,000 bond to be released from jail.

Copyright 2013 WALB.  All rights reserved.