Fighting Facebook teacher resigns, other suspended

Rex Mill Middle School teachers Chaka Cobb and Ebony Smith were charged with misdemeanors last month after getting into a physical fight in front of students.

Employment records obtained by the AJC on Wednesday show Smith resigned in lieu of termination.

Cobb is currently serving a 19.5-day suspension without pay, according to the records. She is scheduled to return Dec. 4.

Smith was charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct. Cobb was charged with disorderly conduct.

The fight started after the women learned they both were involved with the same man -- Rex Mill physical education teacher Derek Green.

An internal investigation by school officials found all three teachers violated the "professional conduct" section of the  Georgia Code of Ethics for Educators, along with the school board's ethics policy.

Green was suspended 10 days without pay and returned to school on Monday. He was not charged with a crime.

Administrators also filed a complaint against the two female teachers with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, which licenses all teachers in Georgia.

“There was swinging and hitting and profanity between the two,” the complaint reads.

Green was not referred because his actions did not occur at school, district spokesman Charles White said.

Clayton Solicitor General Tasha Mosley said the cases have been assigned to a State Court judge and the women will likely be arraigned in January. Mosley said she expects to file State Court formal accusations against the women in the next few weeks.

According to a police report, Cobb, who is expecting a child from Green, found a love letter from Smith on Green’s Facebook page.

“I am in love with you. I am tired of being your every blue moon [expletive],” the letter read.

Cobb posted a response on Facebook.

The fight then moved from the Web site to the school, where they women confronted each other.

According to a police report, Smith swung at Cobb in a classroom. Several other teachers broke up the fight and Cobb stormed down the hallway while threatening to post the letter on the blackboard.

Another school employee told police she pulled Cobb into another classroom, with the children present, to calm her down. But Cobb continued to curse in front of the students, police said.

Smith ran back into the room and “attempted to attack” Cobb, the report states.

Police interviewed several students, who said they heard Smith curse while teachers were holding her down.

Cobb teaches seventh and eighth grade language arts. Smith taught family and consumer science.

In an apology letter submitted to the administration, Cobb said her behavior was out of character and because of her "raging hormones" because of her pregnancy.

“I felt extremely threatened for myself and my fully developed child inside of me,” she wrote.

Smith called the situation "childish and embarrassing."

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