Authorities have detained a teacher at Evans Middle School who was dismissed from her position a few weeks ago after suspicions of an inappropriate conversation with a youngster arose.
Records from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office show that Herndon Burns, 34, was detained and put into jail on Tuesday. He was released in the late afternoon after posting a $1,100 bond.
He is accused of having inappropriate phone communication with a minor.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office informed school officials of an inquiry into charges against Burns on August 21. Deputies stated at the time that they were looking into possible criminal activity.
The Columbia County School System claimed that the claims related to an allegedly inappropriate social media communication with a former pupil who no longer resides in the region.
According to a statement from the district, Burns was relieved of all responsibility and the Columbia County Board of Education was advised to fire him. Additionally, the Georgia Professional Standards Commission needed to be informed of the situation.
Burns has worked as an assistant football coach and special education teacher at Evans Middle School since 2020. He had previously served as a special education instructor for Sand Hills GNETS and T.W. Josey High School for the Richmond County Board of Education. Additionally, he assisted Laney High School and Academy of Richmond County’s football coaches.
In addition to his employment with Columbia County Schools, Burns also runs his own business, Burns Athletics, which, according to its website, instructs and coaches “the principles and fundamentals of football to youngsters, starting from age 7 all the way up to high school.”
Last known contact information
Address: 7602 Pleasantville Way Grovetown, GA 30813
Phone: (706) 421-8775