News 12 at 6 o'clock / March 24, 2014
RICHMOND COUNTY, GA (WRDW) -- The school board said Morgan was a chaperone for a group who were involved in a weekend convention. "Make good decisions make good choices," said Deputy Superintendent Tim Spivey.
Advice Spivey said he gives all his staff. But 60 year-old Vernell Morgan is accused of making a decision that landed her in the slammer.
"The investigation is still pending when we deal with situations like this we get all the information before making a decision," said Spivey.
Morgan, a Glenn Hills High School teacher is facing theft by shoplifting and criminal trespass warning charges after being accused of taking $25 worth of items from Party City in Athens on Friday.
Police then said Morgan "pretended to pass out" after she was caught with the items in her bag.
She told police she was "not stealing the items but that she was just putting them in her bag until she was ready to pay." The report also said Morgan told police she was unemployed.
We asked Spivey if he had any idea why Morgan would tell law enforcement that she was unemployed when she actually works for the district. "I can't speak for her. I have no idea why she would say that," said Spivey.
Morgan is also facing a reckless conduct charge because according to police, she told them she left her 4 year-old granddaughter at a hotel alone.
Spivey said Morgan is a home economics teacher at Glenn Hills High School and that she was chaperoning some local students attending a convention in Athens.
Meanwhile Spivey said he expects all of his staff to conduct themselves professionally at all times on and off the clock.
"We constantly talk to our folks about making good decisions about how they react when they're pushed against the wall as far as keeping their composure," said Spivey.
Athens-Clarke County police said Morgan told them she was quote ''here with a group of people'', but was unclear about exactly who the group was.
Meanwhile her 4 year-old granddaughter was taken into DFACS custody. Morgan told police the child had no other family in Georgia.