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Indicted APS teacher speaks out

8:58 PM, Mar 30, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA-- Angela Williamson said she was "shocked and devastated" to see her name in a list of  34 educators named in a Fulton County indictment related to the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal.

With tears, she insisted she is wrongly accused.

"I never, ever participated in any cheating. I did what was right for my students and that is to teach them," said Williamson.

That is something Williamson said nearly verbatim, just last year, when she faced a tribunal after being accused of helping students cheat on their 2009 CRCT tests at Dobbs Elementary School.

The tribunal exonerated her, but according to her attorney, Gerald Griggs, the school district didn't accept their findings.

"If the tribunal found her innocent, how can the same so called facts and witnesses be used to indict her," asked Griggs.

Wiliamson said she plans to fight the current charges she now faces that include racketeering.

"I want my name cleared. I want back what I once had," said Williamson.

She and others named in the indictment have until Tuesday to turn themselves into the Fulton County Jail.

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