Jennifer Sudderth (pictured), the Mayor of Hartwell, has had an interesting few months since being elected to that post. Shortly after the election, Sudderth was arrested for DUI in South Carolina where she allegedly tried to the use the power of her office to get out of trouble. Those charges are still pending.
Now, Sudderth is causing a big stink in Hart County because her teaching contract was not renewed for the next school year. Oh, I didn’t mention that Mayor Sudderth, with her pending DUI charges, is also a school teacher? Well, around April 14 Sudderth started throwing out her venomous accusations.
“I was not at all surprised. [Hart County High School principal Eulin] Gibbs and [Hart County Schools superintendent Dr. David] Hicks have a history of violating Department of Labor Laws,” said Sudderth in an e-mail to The Hartwell Sun that she confirmed. “I just called them on it and this is their way to retaliate.”
Sudderth charged Gibbs with discrimination.
“His discrimination against students and certain faculty have been anything but subtle,” she wrote.
By April 22, as the Hartwell Sun reported, Gibbs was directly refuting Sudderth’s baseless allegations.
“Discrimination is defined as unfair treatment of a person or group on the basis of prejudice,” said Gibbs. “I do not practice nor have I been found guilty of discrimination by any official agency or organization in my entire career. I will let my record of service to the students, parents and community of Hart County speak for itself.”
But now she is resurrecting additional allegations that also have been proven baseless, all because her pride was wounded in losing her job.
The newest allegations relates to this story from more than nine months ago where the parents of a disabled Hart County boy said that their son was attacked on the school bus by a bus monitor. Both the GBI and the Hart County District Attorney’s Office said they found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing after their investigation. That doesn’t stop the good Mayor’s vendetta against her soon to be former employer, though! Behold the latest e-mail missive from Her Honor sent into the Tip Line.
From: [email protected]#########.###
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2010 13:07:43 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: For Your Information – NOT in this CITY!!!!!
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen:
It is with a truly heavy heart that I come to you this morning. I realize this occurred before I took office as Mayor; but, I find it VERY disturbing that I have heard not WORD ONE of this travesty! This took place WITHIN THESE CITY LIMITS!!!! Take one minute – just one – close yours eyes and think of your child – YOUR child (or grandchildren or a child period!). Imagine that child you love so is the child shown in the attached video.
I will let you all know from the beginning – This is not about “vendettas” or “good-ole boys” – This is about a child’s life, a child whose parents put their trust in a school district inside our city limits ( and their trust in this city as well) and this was the result. Yet, we (or at least I) hear nothing of this. I am, today, mortified, that this (and its cover-up) was allowed to occur! I am ashamed of this city today and I am ashamed to have worked for three years for a superintendent that allowed this to happen. Each year, ALL educational professionals must acknowledge their responsibility to report even suspected cases of child abuse so, “I didn’t know” doesn’t work! I SINCERELY hope and pray that I can gain the cooperation of all city officials to see that justice is done by this precious little boy. Please do not tell me “I don’t understand the situation.” I am trained and hold an advanced degree in Mental Health Counseling Psychology. I am fully knowledgeable of the DSM IV TR and all symptoms and diagnosis. I have worked with these children and the behavior shown IS NOT IN ANY MANNER acceptable treatment of a child UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!!! It is flat out ABUSE! I am so repulsed that this occurred in these city limits and yet no one said a word that I can barely keep my hands from shaking as I write this to you. I PLEAD with you to help me bring justice for this child! I will not have my tenure as Mayor involve acceptance of the disgusting treatment this child received or the silence of individuals WHO very well know what took place, yet said nothing – EXAMPLE – The school district was quoted as saying “We found no wrong-doing.” Seriously???????? Imagine – this is YOUR child – YOUR grandchild. Just think for a minute!!!!!! Put all petty little differences aside and put the rights of this child first – as you would a child you love.
If you can’t click on these – type them in Manually…..
Jennifer S. Sudderth, MSMHC
Mayor/City of Hartwell
500 E. Howell St.
Hartwell, GA 30643
This is also the same Mayor who thinks her own city (and, thus, her own constituents) is filled with racial division and “close-mindedness”. And cursed be the fool who dares to terminate the employment of Her Honor while she is facing criminal charges in another state.
Just four months into her term of office and Mayor Sudderth is making Hartwell proud each and every day. At this pace, Hartwell will soon dethrone Lithonia as the city with the most embarrassing leadership.