Charges against former Kell High School principal Trudie Donovan have been dismissed by the Cobb Solicitor General’s Office.
Donovan, who resigned last year after 34 years with Cobb County Schools, turned herself in to the Cobb County Jail on misdemeanor charges of failure to report child abuse.
She was accused of knowing that a former Kell teacher James Chadwick Brigham slapped a student’s buttocks and another student in the face in his classroom last May.
Brigham was arrested on felony sexual battery and two counts of simple battery charges.
According to Cobb County State Court documents, all charges against Donovan were dismissed on March 27 upon the state finding insufficient evidence to prosecute.
“After an extensive investigation, the state is unable to pursue this charge due to lack of facts or supporting evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant violated the ‘willfully and knowingly’ portion of (the mandatory reporting law),” Assistant Solicitor General Latonia Hines wrote on the document.
It was signed by Cobb State Court Judge Kathryn Tanksley.