Mother: Fulton County Schools offered hush money to keep student - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Mother: Fulton County Schools offered hush money to keep student abuse secret

FULTON COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

The mother of a disabled boy allegedly abused at a Fulton County middle school said the district offered her $200,000 to settle a lawsuit if she wouldn't talk about the abuse.

"I guess that would be considered hush money," said Judy Marshall, whose son Jake attended Hopewell Middle School in Milton from 2004 to 2007. 

Marshall said she turned down the deal to protect other students.

"I don't want this to happen to some other child and if nothing is done to stop other events like this, that would continue to happen," said Marshall.

Former special education teacher Melanie Pickens was indicted last year on child abuse charges after a CBS Atlanta News investigation revealed the Fulton County School District covered up the abuse and Fulton County School police repeatedly failed to investigate it.  

A Fulton County Schools spokeswoman denied the district offered the Marshalls hush money. 

Marshall's attorney Chris Vance said, "the school district in informal negotiations offered to pay Judy and John Marshall $200,000 if they wouldn't talk about what happened at Hopewell."

"Its part of the larger scheme that Fulton County [Schools] has done in this case. Allow [the abuse], promote it and once it finally gets out, hide it, obscure it and try to ensure no one knows what they did," said Vance. 

After rejecting the offer, the Marshalls settled with the district for an undisclosed sum.

Pickens pled not guilty and is awaiting trial.

Copyright 2013 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • Fisk woman killed in house fire

    Saturday, May 26 2018 11:56 AM EDT2018-05-26 15:56:52 GMT
    A Fisk woman was killed in a house fire. (Source: Raycom Media)A Fisk woman was killed in a house fire. (Source: Raycom Media)
    A Fisk woman was killed in a house fire. (Source: Raycom Media)A Fisk woman was killed in a house fire. (Source: Raycom Media)

    A woman died in a house fire on Friday, May 25 in Fisk.

    A woman died in a house fire on Friday, May 25 in Fisk.

  • First Alert: Showers and storms possible this weekend

    First Alert: Showers and storms possible this weekend

    Saturday, May 26 2018 9:45 AM EDT2018-05-26 13:45:16 GMT
    (Source: KFVS)(Source: KFVS)

    There is a chance for isolated showers/storms to develop especially in our southeastern half of the Heartland.

    There is a chance for isolated showers/storms to develop especially in our southeastern half of the Heartland.

  • Teacher, SIU alum shot three times in Indiana school shooting

    Teacher, SIU alum shot three times in Indiana school shooting

    Friday, May 25 2018 10:45 PM EDT2018-05-26 02:45:54 GMT
    A teacher who went to SIU in Carbondale was shot three times charging an active shooter at an Indiana school on Friday, May 25, according to SIU.  (SIU Athletics, Facebook)A teacher who went to SIU in Carbondale was shot three times charging an active shooter at an Indiana school on Friday, May 25, according to SIU.  (SIU Athletics, Facebook)

    A teacher who went to SIU in Carbondale was shot three times charging an active shooter at an Indiana school on Friday, May 25, according to SIU. 

    A teacher who went to SIU in Carbondale was shot three times charging an active shooter at an Indiana school on Friday, May 25, according to SIU. 

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Police release body cam footage of I-95 shooting death

    Police release body cam footage of I-95 shooting death

    Friday, May 25 2018 11:21 PM EDT2018-05-26 03:21:37 GMT
    Marcus-David Peters was shot and killed by a Richmond police officer on Monday, May 14. (Source: Richmond Police Department)Marcus-David Peters was shot and killed by a Richmond police officer on Monday, May 14. (Source: Richmond Police Department)

    The Richmond Police Department released body camera and surveillance camera footage on Friday of the shooting death of Marcus-David Peters.

    The Richmond Police Department released body camera and surveillance camera footage on Friday of the shooting death of Marcus-David Peters.

  • 'In lieu of flowers, kill a drug dealer': Mother pens brutally honest obituary after son's suicide

    'In lieu of flowers, kill a drug dealer': Mother pens brutally honest obituary after son's suicide

    Friday, May 25 2018 8:57 PM EDT2018-05-26 00:57:08 GMT

    It's every mother's worst nightmare. On Thursday, April 12, Shawn Winkler shot himself in the head in the garage of his Leland family home. He died three days later at 30 years old.

    It's every mother's worst nightmare. On Thursday, April 12, Shawn Winkler shot himself in the head in the garage of his Leland family home. He died three days later at 30 years old.

  • Water moccasin invades home, puts family into action

    Water moccasin invades home, puts family into action

    Friday, May 25 2018 2:57 PM EDT2018-05-25 18:57:52 GMT
    This water moccasin entered a family's home. (Photo courtesy Krystal King)This water moccasin entered a family's home. (Photo courtesy Krystal King)

    An unwelcome visitor was cause for some tense moments and quick action in the King household Saturday morning. Krystal King says it was about 7 a.m. when Stephen, her oldest son, came into his parents' room to notify them about the "big snake in the bathroom."

    An unwelcome visitor was cause for some tense moments and quick action in the King household Saturday morning. Krystal King says it was about 7 a.m. when Stephen, her oldest son, came into his parents' room to notify them about the "big snake in the bathroom."

Powered by Frankly