CAIRO — A parent of a Shiver Elementary School student said he's moving forward with legal action after alleging that a teacher who resigned last month inappropriately touched his child.
The student's father says Ronald Evans, science and social studies teacher at Shiver until his resignation Sept. 16, inappropriately touched his 13-year-old daughter on school property back in May when she was Evans' student.
A forensic investigator from the South Georgia Judicial Circuit spoke with Lamb's daughter two weeks ago and concluded that there was no evidence of a prosecutable crime, but he's not giving up.
"I wasn't going to let my daughter's case go that route," the parent said.
The parents said he plans to move forward with a civil suit and has contacted an attorney who is looking into the matter. He has also requested Evans' personnel files from Shiver, the Grady County Board of Education and Washington Middle School.
Superintendent Kermit Gilliard said he has not spoken with the parent or been served with any paperwork.
According to the parent, Evans picked up his daughter from her armpits, caressing the side of her breast, and made a comment about the color of her hair and eyes.
"There was no reason for him to ever touch my child," he said.
An incident report states that the student's father told police his daughter said the experience made her feel uncomfortable, but that she did not think much of it at the time because "that's way (Evans) talks to all the girls."
The student's father added that his daughter was afraid she would get in trouble if she reported the incident earlier.
He brought the allegations to the attention of the Grady County Sheriff's Office Sept. 18, just two days after Evans resigned over a separate complaint of misconduct. The sheriff's office turned the case over to Grady County Schools Police, who then contacted the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Gilliard said the school system had not heard of the allegations prior to Lamb contacting the sheriff's office.
Evans had submitted his resignation following a school system investigation into unspecified allegations of misconduct toward a student. The details of the initial complaint against Evans are not public, though Gilliard said the incident was not sexual in nature.
The Grady County school system has confirmed that the initial complaint was in regards to a different student.
School board members voted to accept Evans' resignation Sept. 18.
Gilliard said Evans had no previous offenses on his personnel file prior to his resignation.
Evans had been teaching at Shiver since 2015 after having spent six years at Washington Middle School. He had previously taught at Shiver between 2002 and 2006.