Cornett “just felt it was in the best interest of her, her family and the school district” to resign, effective immediately, her attorney John T. Mroczko said. Cornett had no other comment, Mroczko said.
The incident put tiny Bartow County in the national spotlight.
Other than “The Today Show,” the story aired on “Good Morning America” and a number of other media outlets. “I was the child in this incident,” said Gulledge, a senior at Adairsville High School, “but she acted like a child.”
Jessica Loeding, managing editor at the Daily Tribune News in Cartersville, said her paper had received “overwhelming blowback” from readers — from letters to the editor and through social media — about the incident. “It’s a very big deal here in Bartow County,” she said.
Cornett had already been under fire for comments she made during a school board meeting in September in which she named a former school system employee and spoke disparagingly about the person in the public meeting.