Story updated Jan. 26, 2022, 4:14 p.m.
ROCKDALE COUNTY, GA –The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office has charged and arrested a teacher at Salem High School in Conyers with simple battery after a thorough investigation involving the assault of a 14-year-old male student.
On Jan. 21, Marquette Thinn, 44, of Lawrenceville, was seen on video pushing a 14-year-old male student to the ground in a classroom filled with other students during a verbal altercation in which he cursed at the student. The student complained of wrist pain resulting from the assault by the male teacher.
Thinn was a teacher in the school’s Social Studies Department. He had been a teacher at Salem since August 2020 and his job ended on Jan. 25, 2022, said Cindy Ball, a spokesperson for Rockdale County Public Schools (RCPS).
Deputy Jedidia Canty, a spokesperson for the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office, said the investigation is ongoing.
“The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office takes any crime involving a student with the utmost priority to assure parents, staff, and citizens of Rockdale County that our school system is a safe learning environment for their children,” the Sheriff’s Office stated in its news release on Jan. 26.
Anyone who has information about the case is asked to contact the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office at 770 278-8000.