Elementary school teacher charged with 2016 gang-related murders of 2 children

Michael Sean White, 26, an elementary school teacher in Georgia, was charged in the murder of 2 children.

(Clayton County Police )

A Georgia elementary school teacher was charged last week with killing two children in a 2016 gang-related attack.

Michael Sean White, 26, who works at Toney elementary School in DeKalb County, was Friday arrested and accused of killing the 11-year-old Tatiyana Coates and 15-year-old Daveon Coates.

Clayton County police Maj. Tina Daniel told WSB-TV a police sketch of a man seen at the murder scene drawn by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation helped authorities make a case against the White.

“It is still an open and pending investigation at this time,” Daniel said, adding at least one other person also was arrested.

Authorities believe gang members attacked the children’s home in search of a different teenager who was not there.

Daniel said the agency recovered a gun from a shootout in Tennessee the following day.

“At this time, we believe that the gun in Chattanooga was involved, one way or another related to each other in the incident,” she said. “We are still awaiting the final ballistic information.”

School district officials told WSB-TV that White had been removed from the lower school in anticipation of the investigation. He taught the fifth grade at the school since August, and began with the district as a paraprofessional in March 2017.

“It starts in the intestine that someone who is responsible for our children on a daily basis could be involved in a heinous crime like this,” Daniel said.

Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang

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