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Chestatee High School teacher resigns after allegations of 'inappropriate' communication with student
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Taylor Guthrie

A Chestatee High School teacher and coach has resigned after allegedly sending “inappropriate” electronic communications to a student.

Officials with Hall County Schools said they are working with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office in an ongoing investigation into the purported conduct of Taylor Guthrie, a math teacher and basketball, track and volleyball coach.

“He is the focus of an ongoing investigation by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office criminal investigations division over inappropriate electronic communication with a student,” Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth wrote in an email.

Booth said the investigation is in “its early stages.” He did not immediately respond to questions about the student or when the investigation began.

Guthrie was initially suspended with pay on March 13 “following the initial phase of the investigation,” according to Hall Schools officials. In a letter to parents and students dated March 15 and obtained by The Times, Principal Suzanne Jarrard states that Guthrie, “effectively immediately,” is no longer a part of Chestatee High faculty.

“Our first priority is to secure a qualified replacement so that your students can continue with his/her math education,” Jarrard wrote, adding that she hopes to have the position filled after students return from Spring Break in April.

Guthrie graduated from Lumpkin County High in 2011, according to his online teacher’s biography. He played basketball at the University of North Georgia, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 2016.

Guthrie began his employment with Hall County Schools on Aug. 1, 2016.

The board of education unanimously accepted his resignation at its meeting on Monday, March 18.

“The Hall County School District will continue cooperating with law enforcement during the

course of this ongoing investigation,” spokesman Gordon Higgins said in a statement. “Since this is a personnel matter, the district will have no further comment at this time.”

In November 2017, another Chestatee High coach was suspended for inappropriate relations with a student.

Webster Daniel, the head girls’ basketball coach, resigned after allegedly sexually assaulting a female student. According to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, Daniel “engaged in unwanted sexual contact with a juvenile female enrolled as a student” at the high school and was booked into the Hall County jail on felony and misdemeanor charges.


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