Breaking: Social Circle City Schools nurse arrested for inappropriate relationship with student

By Evan Newton - The Covington News

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (March 20, 2024)– An employee with Social Circle City Schools (SCSS) has been arrested following an alleged inappropriate relationship with a student.

Mary Elizabeth Gaddis of a Covington address was arrested on March 18 and charged with enticing a child for indecent purposes and child molestation, both felony charges.

Gaddis was the district nurse, and served primarily on Social Circle City middle-high school campus. 

Mary Elizabeth Gaddis

According to an arrest report from the Newton County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO), the offense happened on Feb. 20.

An incident report showed that human resources director Debra Didier contacted the NCSO on March 5 to report an “allegation of misconduct.”

A spokesperson from SCSS confirmed that they had been made aware of the incident and that Gaddis has resigned her position with the system..

“Social Circle City Schools is aware of the recent allegations regarding an employee’s inappropriate relationship with a student, and we want to assure our community that we are cooperating fully with law enforcement authorities,” read an SCSS statement. “The staff member in question is no longer an employee of our district.

“We are treating this matter with the utmost seriousness and are providing support to all individuals affected by these events. Our primary focus remains on ensuring the safety and emotional well-being of our students, and we will continue to take all necessary steps to uphold our commitment to providing a safe and positive learning environment.

“As this is an ongoing legal matter, we are unable to provide further details at this time.”

Chief of Social Circle Police Jason Guest released a statement on behalf of the Social Circle Police Department.

“We have been made aware of an active investigation into an inappropriate relationship between a faculty member and a student within the Social Circle School System. The information we have been provided with at this point indicates that no crime was committed within our jurisdiction and therefore we will refer anyone seeking additional information to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office,” Guest said. “Should additional information be revealed during the course of their investigation or new evidence is presented that criminal behavior did occur within the city, we will immediately move forward with a joint investigation.”
Gaddis posted bond and was released on March 19 as she awaits future court dates.

Chris Bridges, Stephen Milligan and Sharon Swanepoel from The Walton Tribune contributed to this report.

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