5th Grade Dekalb Teacher Arrested; Charged With Murder

By Julien Virgin

March 28, 2018 - 6:00 pm

A fifth grade teacher in DeKalb County was arrested and charged with four counts of murder, stemming from a 2016 shooting which left two children dead, police say. 

Michael De'Sean White, 26, was apprehended at Toney Elementary School Friday for allegedly shooting eleven-year-old Tatiyana Coates and 15-year-old Daveon Coates during a deadly home invasion, according to Clayton County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sgt. Ashanti Marbury.

Police say, the children were asleep on the morning of Oct. 22, 2016 when gang members looking for a different teen shot and killed the two. 

Several children, as young as 6-years-old, were inside the residence during the incident but were not injured.

A sketch of the suspect provided by a witness led investigators to White, police say. 

Investigators could not confirm whether White was the triggerman or his envolvement in the gang.

DeKalb County district officials say White will not be back in the classroom until the investigation is complete. 

He began working as a fifth grade teacher in August after being a teacher assistant since 2017. 

White is being held without bond in Clayton County Jail. 

WAOK will continue to update you on this developing story.