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Thomasville administrator accused of choking children pleads guilty

Posted: 11:28 AM, Sep 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-10 11:30:51-04
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Favor Christian Academy Director, Linda McLean, has been convicted on nine felony counts of first degree child cruelty.

McLean, the founder of Favor Christian Academy in Thomasville, plead guilty to nine felony counts of first degree child cruelty in court Tuesday morning. She was indicted on more than a dozen child cruelty and aggravated assault charges in 2017.

The indictment claims that McLean forced one child to lie across a chair with their pants down. Then she made bigger students pin him down so she could whip him.

It also says she threw workbooks at children and choked them.

She is now out on bond until sentencing.


THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WALB) - Indictments handed down last July claim Favor Christian Academy Director, Linda Mclean, assaulted eight students from August 2016 to May 2017.

Now, that case is at a virtual standstill.

While looking through the latest court documents in the McLean case, she is currently living in Atlanta, out on a 50,000 dollar bond, but there is no date set for her trial.

McLean was indicted in July on 15 charges: eight counts of cruelty to children in the first degree, four counts of aggravated assault, one count of battery, one count simple battery and one count simple assault.

The indictment claims that McLean forced one child to lie across a chair with their pants down.

Then she made bigger students pin him down so she could whip him.

It also says she threw workbooks at children and choked them.

She is charged with grabbing a child by head, twisting their neck and forcing their head onto the table repeatedly.

In September, just two months after the indictment, McLean's attorney Converse Bright withdrew from the case.

According to a modified bond that was presented recently, McLean moved just south of Atlanta.

The court document mentioned the possible sale of Favor Christian Academy, allowing McLean to be involved in that process.

She is not allowed to open another school daycare or anything involving children until this case is settled.

The modified bond has strict rules as to not contacting staff, parents, or students of Favor Christian Academy.

Several motions have been filed by McLean's new attorney Chinwe' Foster, all but one have been denied. 

We reached out to Assistant District Attorney Catherine Smith Thursday.

She said, "We are involved in meetings to review evidence with all the attorneys involved. No trial date has been set." 

McLean still owns the school off North Broad Street. Another administrator has been brought in to oversee the school.