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Former Tucker Middle Employee Arrested

Michael Gembala was employed as a school administrator.

A mugshot of Michael Gembala. Photo Credit: DeKalb County Detention Center
A mugshot of Michael Gembala. Photo Credit: DeKalb County Detention Center
A former Tucker Middle School administrator has been arrested for alleged assault and battery.

Michael Stanley Gembala, 41, of Hideaway Drive in Tucker, was taken to the DeKalb County Detention Center on Sunday, Aug. 25 and admitted at 7:43 a.m.


More details to follow. 

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Kevin Madigan (Editor) August 29, 2013 at 02:09 PM
You're welcome.
Michele Giacobbe August 29, 2013 at 03:07 PM
I appreciate this reporting.
Lillie Otwell August 29, 2013 at 05:18 PM
thank u for posting this. yes we should be told about this when he is a role model to OUR CHILDREN. he states that when hit by someone u should turn the cheek and walk away. however this is very sad to hear. i guess this is a case of practice what u preach. as far as his job goes thats up to dekalb county and the parents of the students he watches over with. i believe in giving everyone a fair chance and/or second chances. yet some of the tucker middle staff has been threaten the kids with be suspended if they talk about it. well thats what needs to be address. the staff threatening the children. they have the right to now and discuss it.
chelsea Rand August 29, 2013 at 09:49 PM
We have three children who attended Tucker Middle School over the years and Mr. Gembala is and will always be a positive role model to our children. He gave my children words of encouragement on a daily basis in the hallways and was always present at their games. He genuinely cares about the students, the faculty, and the Tucker Middle School community. Tucker Middle School is very blessed to have him as part of the faculty.
Dr. Anderson August 29, 2013 at 10:46 PM
In education, staff, teachers and administration strive to meet the needs of all students and to be the best and some times only role models, many students have! Essentially, the school is a students' home away from home. For Tucker Patch to post this article prematurely without the facts is an outrage as many students rely daily on Mr. Gembala's encouragement and support. Due to the misinformation of this article and the biased approach, tonight many students will wonder who is there for them. Tucker Patch has robbed students from their trusted advocate by publishing false documents prematurely. Educators, especially Mr. Gembala spend endless hours protecting and supporting students, while ensuring student safety is his TOP priority. Last school year, Mr. Gembala single handedly earned a school safety score well over 100, the highest in the entire DeKalb County System. Furthermore, for a parent to jump on the patch's demoralizing inaccurate band wagon and make illiterate posts only strengthens the argument that we need more Mr. Gembalas in the school system!!! Get your facts straight and then make a conclusion!!!
Mark gains August 29, 2013 at 10:51 PM
Yep.... That's what I remember of MR Gembala as well. Always in the halls offering encouragement and always sticking up for the kids who were being picked on or bullied. He always planned extra activities for the students and was always there to help a family in need. It's a shame the way some of you selfish people are acting. The man would risk his life for the children of tucker middle school and made it one if the safest in the county. The sooner he is cleared to sooner you all can apologize! He is already missed at the school by the students (according to my daughter) and faculty.
Wayne Kelley August 30, 2013 at 08:17 AM
Kevin - having trouble getting to this URL. I'm logged in to Patch but still getting prompted for a "Patch.com" login.
Sharon Bull August 30, 2013 at 08:39 AM
I can't access it either and I am logged in.
Stephanie Train August 30, 2013 at 09:01 AM
Very well said, Dr. Anderson.
Wayne Kelley August 30, 2013 at 09:13 AM
I'm baffled by the outrage, and I'm certainly not going to apologize for anything. Nobody has accused the man of anything, only responded to the fact that he was arrested. This is, again, a matter of public record, and everyone in the community has the right to know it. I have no doubt that this gentleman is a top-notch educator and/or administrator, but that doesn't change the fact that he was arrested. If it turns out he WASN'T arrested, then the Patch certainly must make a very public retraction and apology, but I haven't heard that yet.
Kevin Madigan (Editor) August 30, 2013 at 09:53 AM
Wayne, try pasting the URL into a browser. That should work.
Wayne Kelley August 30, 2013 at 09:59 AM
That's what I did.
Klondike August 30, 2013 at 10:02 AM
What is the misinformation in the article, pray tell? The arrest took place. It will be up to the courts to determine whether the man is innocent or guilty as charged. Surely I see no readers here making the presumption that he is guilty. The funny thing about human beings is that they can be (and usually are) saints and sinners at the same time. We will see what holds true here.
Sharon Bull August 30, 2013 at 10:30 AM
Kevin, it keeps telling me I am not logged in to Patch and then when I log in, it tells me incorrect password. I am using the one I always log in with and I even tried resetting it. Still not working for me or the copy and past in the browser. Is your email address on patch? I tried the facebook way also.
Stephanie Train August 30, 2013 at 11:22 AM
Tucker is a tightly knit community. We should take care of each other and use discretion with tools like the press. When the owner of Tucker Fountain was arrested, his family found out by reading it on the Patch. This is a man whose livelihood depends on his business. He has had to do an enormous amount of damage control to set the record straight. After the dust settles, the people we shine the media spotlight on are still our neighbors.
Marcy Lee August 30, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Kevin Madigan, So, a PRIVATE school (Kingfisher Academy) is sponsoring this content that is damaging the reputation of a PUBLIC school employee? ... #journalistic integrity?
Dr. Anderson August 30, 2013 at 09:34 PM
A private school is paying for this??? WOW! I believed the duty of journalism was to inform the community with unbiased facts. However, there seems to be a heavy hand by Mr. Madigan to provide the public with untrue, readily available misinformation in regards to the public school. Wonder what Madigan's percentage is???
Kevin Madigan (Editor) August 30, 2013 at 09:50 PM
Ads for Kingfisher appear automatically on content that covers schools in general. There is no connection, percentage, or heavy hand. The facts of the case stand on their own.
Michele Giacobbe August 30, 2013 at 09:56 PM
I can't believe the number of people on this page who are oblivious to facts. Patch is not out to ruin anyone. They are simply reporting something that is public record. If these people (Tucker administrator, The Fountain owner) didn't break the law then they wouldn't be in the news. You guys make me shake my head. I want to know what's going on in the community, who's been arrested, do they have contact withy children, are they driving under the influence on the same roads I drive. Wake up! Be responsible and stop poo-pooing these law breakers.
Dr. Anderson August 30, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Do not be oblivious, everyone that gets arrested in Tucker does not make front page news And apparently you have chosen to forget innocent until proven guilty. Go to the police station and pay for a report if you need to know who you are sharing the roads with. Would you like all of your alleged mishaps make front page? I think not. Clearly, the editor, Madigan only waits for pay day, not an actual guilty verdict prior to ruining the reputation of a highly qualified educator, who has devoted his life to Tucker! Congrats Mr. Madigan on becoming the AJC of Tucker, you sabotaged a dedicated educator, who would give there life for a student or staff member! Hope you got at least 10 percent so you can sleep at night!
Barry Flanagan August 31, 2013 at 08:26 AM
Ads in Tucker Patch should be clearly marked as such.
Wayne Kelley August 31, 2013 at 09:37 AM
Amazing - talk about jumping to conclusions! Dr Anderson has indicted, arrested, tried, convicted and executed the Patch staff based on speculation about placement of an advertisement! You're right, everyone that gets arrested doesnt get front page coverage - but when it's a teacher or school administrator (or a policeman, pastor, government official) I think it's perfectly legitimate to give it higher billing, in the interest of the community. The paranoia and defensiveness about this have raised my suspicion level much higher than it would normally be - now I'm wondering if this man and his friends have something to hide.
Stephanie Train August 31, 2013 at 09:40 AM
My guess is that Madigan would have thought twice about the placement if Gembala were his friend or neighbor. No?
Donna August 31, 2013 at 12:02 PM
As I recall, Mr. Thomas was also a revered member of the TMS staff for a number of years. Would we have preferred not to hear news of his arrest when made or wait until he was found guilty to learn of it? From what I've heard through my children's "grapevine", there's been a good bit more going on w Mr. G recently that hasn't been "reported". Should we put our trust in school admins that so blithely defend their co-workers or the kids on the ground (whom I find to be pretty reliable junior reporters)? Don't you want to know what's happening w the people your children are spending so much of their time with, or will you just bury your head in the sand and pretend nothing has happened? Also, to Stephanie in particular, if the owner of The Fountain didn't want negative attention brought on his business, he should have kept himself out of trouble, and please enlighten me...just how did he set the record straight about his use and possession of illegal drugs? I missed that report unless, of course, you mean his statement that the mushrooms were meant for pizza toppings? God forbid he serve those to your kids. Thanks, Patch, for reporting the news in our community as we don't all have time to run pick up copies of police reports on all the criminal activity in our area as suggested by Dr. A. That's what "news reporting" is for.
Stephanie Train August 31, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Hee hee! Good times!
Wayne Kelley August 31, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Thank you Donna, you reinforced and elaborated on my points quite elegantly. And I forgot to mention earlier: Dr. Anderson - you were quick to trash somebody's poor grammar in your remarks; maybe you should proof your own writing before making such comments. (I really can't stand hypocrites.)
Michele Giacobbe August 31, 2013 at 08:18 PM
All of you teachers/educators/administrators are thick as thieves. I never, ever said anything about this guy being guilty. And neither did anyone else. Information is out there to be used at an individual's own discretion and judgement. If this were a local bank president or a government official you would all be scrambling to get the story. Dr. Anderson you do sound like a hypocrite. So stop pointing fingers and assuming you know better than the rest of us.
Donna September 01, 2013 at 09:55 AM
Looks like we lost Dr.A. Everyone have a safe and happy holiday weekend!
Kevin Madigan (Editor) September 01, 2013 at 10:36 AM
Thank you, Donna. You too.
Rhyannon September 01, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Well said Donna!

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