A former fifth-grade teacher caught in Atlanta’s wide spread cheating scandal says she did so because the students were “dumb as hell.”
According to a former coworker, Shayla Smith allegedly admitted to helping students fudge the answers on a math test because they were unprepared.
Math teacher Shayla Smith was accused of offering students the answers to a test they were taking at the time. She had reportedly been responsible for supervising them while the tests were being completed.
Schajuan Jones, who taught a fourth-grade class across the hall from Smith’s former room, overheard her talking to another teacher about the test.
“The words were, ‘I had to give your kids, or your students, the answers because they’re dumb as hell,’” Jones was quoted as saying about the interaction between Smith and the unidentified third teacher.
Smith was apart of a massive investigation prompted by the Atlanta Journal Constitution that implicated 180 teachers in Atlanta and found evidence of widespread cheating.