Charges dismissed against Benson

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 8, 2005

Harassment charges filed against a teacher by a parent of a Greenville Elementary School student were dismissed Tuesday.

On Aug. 25, Tisha Bailey Stoutmire accused Benson of allegedly striking her son, a student at GES, on the back of the head when he went to the water fountain.

Stoutmire said that she and her husband, Quarmie Stoutmire, met with GES principal Claire Jones and Benson immediately after the alleged incident.

Stoutmire filed a police report for harassment, which is a misdemeanor, against Benson.

On Tuesday afternoon, District Judge Mac Russell dismissed the charges. Butler County Schools attorney Pete Hamilton said that the harassment charges brought against Benson were &#8220completely resolved” Tuesday afternoon.

&#8220I am very pleased with the outcome,” Claire Jones, GES principal, said. &#8220Our continued focus will remain on the success of the students at Greenville Elementary School.”

According to Butler County Schools Superintendent Mike Looney, the incident was investigated, and Benson was suspended immediately following the incident without pay for three working days.

Stoutmire could not be reached for comment by The Advocate.