English Teacher Kills Himself After Charged With 'Inappropriate' Relationship With Student

October 19, 2018

A George man was accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student at his school has been found dead. Police say there was a warrant out for his arrest at the time of his death.


Zachary Meadors was a sixth-grade English teacher who had taught at Freedom Middle School in Stone Mountain for two years. Before his death, he was wanted on charges of child molestation, computer pornography, and child exploitation with regards to a 12-year-old boy.


The 12-year-old student told the school counselors of his inappropriate relationship with Meadors, according to "Inside Edition."

Family members of Meadors called the police to file a missing person report on Wednesday, October 17, but police found his body just hours later.

Later that afternoon on Wednesday at around 5:15, police found Meaders slumped over in a vehicle on the Scenic Highway in Lawrenceville with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to "WSB-TV."


The Monday prior, Meadors was supposed to meet with school officials about the allegations, but he never showed up. Before he disappeared, Meadors went by his parents' house to drop off letters and an iPad.



“In this letter, Zachary was apologizing for all the chaos he caused,” a detective wrote in the report.

“The second letter was written out to his family. (In) this letter, Zachary expressed how much he loved his family and he apologized for the image they may have of him now.”

The third letter addressed his finances. He requested that his family split what he had four ways among his parents, sister, and two unknown individuals.


Meadors was on leave without pay at the time of his death.

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