Grovetown Middle School teacher arrested on S.C. warrant

Published: Nov. 20, 2023 at 4:24 PM EST
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GROVETOWN, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A Grovetown Middle School teacher has been arrested, according to school officials.

Parents were sent a notification letter Monday saying seventh-grade science teacher Kimberly Barnes, 29, had been arrested “by outside law enforcement agencies, for an alleged fraud incident in another state.”

On Friday, administrators were notified of the arrest.

According to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, she was arrested Friday to be held for Edgefield County authorities.

According to the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office, the arrest was made from a March 2022 outstanding warrant.

Officials say Barnes made purchases with a card she obtained from a teacher at JET Middle School.

Barnes is charged with transaction card theft. She is out on bond, according to the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office.

Columbia County School District officials asked anyone with information regarding this incident to contact local law enforcement.

“Safety of students and staff is a top priority and we take allegations such as these extremely seriously and will investigate fully,” the Columbia County School District said in the letter. “A substitute teacher will be provided in the teacher’s absence.”