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Parent claims APS admin talked about blowing up a school

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Parent Margaret McBride said she was concerned about what she saw going on at Best Academy, when her youngest son was there.

"There seemed to be a lack of discipline," McBride said. "My son's language arts teacher was physically attacked by a student … in front of the class."

McBride said that when she tried to talk to Tamara Cotman, Atlanta Public Schools executive director for her region, she had unanswered calls for about four months. McBride said that when she finally did have a meeting with Cotman, she was shocked to hear her say this:

"I'm so sick of this school," McBride recounted Cotman as saying. "If I had C4, I would throw it into the school and blow it up and start all over."

Prosecutors used McBride and multiple former APS principals who were removed from their posts after interacting with Cotman to paint the picture of Cotman as a person who made threats frequently.

Cotman is accused of intimidating school workers into not cooperating Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents who were investigation several APS schools for a suspicious number of corrected answers on students standardized tests from 2009.

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