Footage of brutal attack on teacher released

Published: Jan. 7, 2014 at 3:29 AM EST|Updated: Aug. 5, 2016 at 10:32 PM EDT
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SEMINOLE CO., GA (WALB) - A Seminole County woman got a long prison sentence on Monday for attacking a teacher who questioned why she was at the school.

The victim suffered serious, lasting injuries. Neotha Fedd is seen on surveillance video dragging Seminole County Elementary School teacher Dr. Louise Royal into the walkway of the school's hallway.  The school's surveillance video shows her kicking Royal repeatedly. The prosecutor
says it's one of the worst beatings he has seen.

"The defendant Neotha Fedd came over to the Seminole County Elementary School and delivered one of the most atrocious and brutal beatings that I've seen in the last 12 years," said District Attorney Joe Mulholland.

The attack occurred on May 7th of 2012. Fedd was an approved volunteer at the school.  The video shows her wandering the halls on May 7th 2012.  Dr. Royal was monitoring the halls and approached Fedd to see what she was doing, that's when things turned ugly. Royal suffered brain injuries and can no longer drive or teach.

"The major injury is the brain injury that occurred, they call it organic brain injury, it happens as a result of trauma to your brain and now I have limited sight," said Dr. Louise Royal.

People tried to help Royal, but Fedd ran them off and even took a custodian's broom to continue beating the victim.

On December 9th, Fedd was convicted on 7 of 10 charges including aggravated battery and aggravated assault. Royal says what Fedd took from her runs deeper than the long term damage and multiple surgeries.

"She took my life, she took my love for education, my whole heritage consists of educators," said Royal.

Today, the judge handed down a 35 year sentence.  Fedd must serve 20 years in prison and 15 years on probation. She is also banished from the Patuala Judicial Circuit, banned from all school activities in Georgia, and must pay a $10,000 fine.

Dr. Royal also suffered neck, spinal cord injuries and a dislocated wrist she also underwent nine surgeries.

The victim says that she forgives Fedd and hopes that she will one day be able to return to the classroom.

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