Did DeKalb Schools fire teacher who lied on resume and walked off job?

In December, DeKalb County School District officials said a Tucker High School teacher walked off the job on Nov. 26.

District officials could not say Tuesday whether Carl Hudson Jr., who had been hired by the district in August, was still employed with them.

His name did not appear on the district's latest employment report, which shows monthly who was hired, fired or resigned through Dec. 31, 2018.

Tuesday, district spokeswoman Shumuriel Ratliff responded to email inquiring about Hudson’s employment status: “Carl Hudson Jr. walked off the job on November 26, 2018. The district has been unable to reach him despite numerous attempts.”

Wednesday morning, the district said Hudson is on “unauthorized leave” and is still a district employee.

District officials admitted they did not know when he was hired that Hudson Jr. lied on his resume — likely to hide the fact that he was arrested previously for meth possession and that he walked off the job at least two times since he arrived in Atlanta in 2016.

When he was hired by DeKalb County School District to teach math at Tucker High School in August, he did not explain a nearly nine-month employment gap between that and his previous teaching job at Atlanta Public Schools' Frederick Douglass High School, though the district's application asks for explanations for recent gaps. On his resume, Hudson indicated he worked for Atlanta Public Schools in 2018.

Atlanta Public Schools officials said he worked at the district through November 2017.