Additional charges brought against Thomasville school director

Additional charges brought against Thomasville school director
Linda McLean, 66, director at Favor Christian Academy, was arrested Friday and charged with child cruelty. (Source: Thomas Co. Sheriff's Office)

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - The Thomasville private school administrator indicted on 15 charges last month has been indicted on four more.

A Thomas County grand jury handed down the indictments against Dr. Linda McLean, 66, Thursday.

McLean is facing three additional counts of cruelty to children in the first degree and a charge of aggravated stalking.

McLean was indicted on July 13 for the first 15 charges.

The charges she is now facing are as follows:

  • 11 counts cruelty to children in the first degree
  • 4 counts aggravated assault
  • 1 count battery
  • 1 count simple battery
  • 1 count simple assault
  • 1 count aggravated stalking

The indictments list 11 children, with the following accusations for cruelty to children:

  • Child #1 - Indictment states that McLean struck the child with a ruler and also grabbed the child around the neck and shook her.
  • Child #2 - Indictment states that McLean grabbed the child by the throat, pushing him/her into furniture, pinning down and getting close to their face. It also lists that McLean whipped the child with a belt in the lunchroom in front of other students. The child had welts on their arms, legs, back, and chin.
  • Child #3 - Indictment states that McLean placed her hands around child's throat and threatened to choke the life out of her
  • Child #4 - Indictment states that McLean struck the child with a ruler on hands and body, pinching throat.
  • Child #5 - Indictment states McLean threatened to hit a child with a broom in the head.
  • Child #6 - Indictment states that McLean grabbed a child by the head, twisted their neck and forced their head onto a table repeatedly.
  • Child #7 - Indictment states that McLean forced a child to lie across a chair with pants down, required bigger students to pin him down so she could whip him.
  • Child #8 - Indictment states that McLean threw a workbook at a child.
  • Child #9 - Indictment states that McLean had the child lay across the desk and instructed older children to hold him down while she whipped him with a yardstick.
  • Child #10 - Indictment states that McLean had the child lay across the desk and instructed older children to hold him down while she whipped him with a yardstick.
  • Child #11 - Indictment states that McLean had the child lay across the desk and instructed older children to hold her down while she whipped her with a yardstick.

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