Charges against teacher dismissed
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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“I am just so thankful that the truth has finally come out and the charge has been dismissed. It has been a very difficult two months for me and my children,” said Susan Calfee Elliott, who this week had an aggravated domestic-abuse charge against her dismissed.

Elliott, 38, a teacher at Hopewell Elementary School, was suspended after her arrest in July, according to reports.

Cleveland Police officer Julius Porter arrested Elliott after her boyfriend, Gregory A. Grammer, 41, claimed she had attacked him while he was sleeping.

According to Bradley County Jail information, Grammer was arrested Tuesday for filing a false report.

Grammer reportedly went to Elliott’s home on Cumberland Trace where he had been painting a room at the home.

The couple began drinking, according to Porter’s report, and Grammer apparently passed out, but was awakened when Elliott was alleged to have assaulted him with a baseball bat.

She was taken to the Bradley County Jail and booked on the charge.

The state dismissed the charge Tuesday. Elliott said her record will be expunged. The state also took care of costs.

According to earlier reports, Bradley County Director of Schools Johnny McDaniel said the school system would have to wait on the “outcome of the criminal matter” before determining further action.

“Right now, I am just focused on getting my children home and getting back to teaching. I have taught at Hopewell Elementary for the past 17 years. I taught the fourth grade for 16 years and the fifth grade for one year.

“This was supposed to be my first year in second grade. I love my job and there is nothing else I would rather do than teach children. I am just so thankful that God has helped me through this difficult time. I am also thankful for my family and friends who have supported me,” Elliott said.

McDaniel said he could not comment regarding Elliott’s suspension, due to pending litigation.