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Former APS principal says accused admin made her 'fear' GBI

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Former F. L. Stanton Elementary School Principal Brenda Clements testified on Friday that Tamara Cotman, who was once in charge of several Atlanta Public Schools, made her and other principals fearful of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Clements, and several other principals at the time said that Cotman went on a tirade against the GBI in a meeting, where she had those principals fill out "Go to Hell" memos to the GBI. Clements said Cotman also lectured the principals on what to do if GBI agents came to their schools.

"I was a little fearful even though I wasn't the principal at F.L. Stanton (during the time cheating was alleged), but I'm like, 'what do I do if they come here and ask me for something?'" Clements told the jury.

Clements testified that Cotman instructed principals not to give GBI officials any student information, and told them not to fall for agents' tricks.

"(Cotman said) they can try to get you under the pressure of saying some things about the cheating scandal so don't fall for the okie doke," Clements said.

The trial will continue on Tuesday.

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