Three Southwest DeKalb High School students have been charged with performing a lewd act in class in connection with a trial involving their teacher this week in Decatur.
The three former students, Jerramy Bartlett, Joe’l Shumate and Kiyon Benton, graduated last year and were charged with public indecency and disrupting a public school. The incident occurred on Dec. 11, 2008 in a class taught by former chorus teacher Nathan Grigsby, who is on trial this week in DeKalb County State Court for, essentially, not intervening.
Grigsby is charged with five counts of contributing to the deprivation of a minor. State prosecutor Robert James, in his opening statement on March 29, told an all-White jury that Grigsby watched happily as the three students danced to sexually suggestive music while pantomiming sex acts in front of excited students without stopping them.
Grigsby’s attorney, Jackie Patterson, said he didn’t see or hear the majority of the performance because he was helping another student with his back turned while wearing “studio-quality” headphones. Once he turned around, he quickly shut off the students and eventually punished them.
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