“Professionalism aside,” Horton wrote, “I have a confession! ... Being around you makes me want to [have sex with] you!”
Eldrick Horton was the principal at Fulton's Tri-Cities High School in East Point in 2009. VINO WONG / VWONG@AJC.COM
The teacher reported Horton and said he retaliated against her when she did not respond to his sexual advances.
Horton admitted sending the text messages and called his own conduct “inappropriate” and “unprofessional.” But he said he had not “rendered inappropriate treatment” as a result of the messages.
In his letter to Davis, Horton wrote: "I am ashamed, embarrassed and disappointed. ... I respectfully ask for your forgiveness ... if your decision does not render me being an assistant principal or a teacher, I plead with you to allow me to resign.”
He resigned June 30, 2014, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported at the time.
In 2009, Eldrick Horton was the first person students, teachers and staff credited at Fulton's Tri-Cities High School in East Point for turning the school around. VINO WONG / VWONG@AJC.COM
In the statement, Atlanta school officials said the district has made considerable improvement in its compliance with reporting requirements to the state.
Clayton County Public Schools declined to comment about the personnel matter.
Channel 2 spoke to Horton this week.
“I don't think that I'm any more perfect than you or anyone else is,” he said. “And as all of us have personal and professional resolve, I have likewise. My point of where I am today is about working to do what's best for the children."
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