The School Teacher Who Couldn’t Cope

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Robin Lyons' blog post #125As you read this, it’s likely your children, grandchild, nieces, or nephews may be back in school. It’s hard to keep up with the varying school start/stop dates across the US.

My grandchildren are back in school. And I’m back on the lookout for anyone suspicious who’s lurking near, working at, or attending schools, hopefully, you are too.

BLOG POST #125: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a high school teacher.

Monday Morning Dread

It was Monday morning when a local 911 call center received a call from someone who said there would be a shooting and explosion at three area schools. Law enforcement was dispatched to the schools. All three were evacuated and searched finding nothing suspicious.

The 911 call center attempted a call back to the number from where the original call was made, but nobody answered the phone.

You Can’t Outsmart Law Enforcement

The exigent circumstances allowed law enforcement to request AT&T to do a trace on the number. The phone had been turned off, so no information was available.

Investigators searched businesses in the area that had received a call from the number and traced the phone use to a school teacher who worked for the district receiving the threat.

Later, the teacher confessed to making the call on his way to work and tossed the phone in a trash receptacle. You probably thought only children make fake threat calls.

Serious Repercussions

He pleaded guilty to one charge of communicating information about a false bomb threat on school property. And he relinquished his teaching credential.

Court documents showed the teacher used illegal drugs and suffered from emotional issues such as depression. He was sleep deprived, having marital issues and difficulty with his newborn child.

Before sentencing, the state district judge said, “bizarre and probably out of character. I don’t find you’re a violent person by nature.”

The judge ordered him to serve 65 months in prison with all but 20 months suspended. And he was likely eligible for parole after four months.

The judge also sentenced the former school teacher to three years supervised probation and 100 hours of community service following his release.

Here’s my ‘Take Away’ in this case: The teacher had to have shown signs of exhaustion, depression, maybe even drug use. And I’d bet money he told one of his colleagues he was having marital troubles. I’m not blaming school staff, but in their best interest, they need to pay attention to coworkers’, students’, parents’ behavior, and when they see a negative change, no matter how small, it could be a clue to something bigger down the road, offer help. If the behavior is troubling, tell a supervisor. Luckily, in this case, no physical harm was done. Although there was a significant cost of time and support services from law enforcement.

What do you think about this case? Your relevant comments about this post or any of the other posts are always welcome on the website.

Do you know of a school crime you’d like to share? Email me so we can discuss the details.

Thank you for reading my post and for caring about children!

-Robin

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The School Teacher Who Sought Revenge

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Robin Lyons' Blog Post #124If you’re reading this, you either care about children or me, or perhaps both. Whatever your reason, thank you for reading!

I know everyone’s short on time. To keep my posts as short as possible, I summarize cases. My posts might be a paragraph longer because I’ve decided to add a brief ‘Take-Away’ when relevant; my opinion on what might be a characteristic or behavior to watch for at school or home.

Are there more serious issues going on at school than what I’ve shared in this post? Absolutely. However, you just might see in an upcoming novel, a sub-plot inspired by this case.

BLOG POST #124: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a fourth-grade teacher.

She was married to an undercover police detective. After nine-years with the school district, one bad decision in her personal life ended her career and her marriage. Her colleagues were quoted to have said she was a devoted mother and a conscientious teacher.

Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned

When the former teacher found out her husband was having an affair she wanted revenge.

She snooped in her husband’s work email and saw an email labeled “sensitive details regarding investigation” and then read it.

It was intelligence information supplied by a confidential informant inside a close-knit drug gang targeted in a multi-agency investigation.

Some Really Bad Dudes

The gang members were violent, armed at all times, and had committed targeted burglaries of the homes of law enforcement officers, military personnel and criminals who they knew had guns.

The former teacher borrowed a co-worker’s cell phone and called the gang’s leader six times to tell him about the information that came from someone inside his organization. She didn’t consider her calls, regardless of what phone she used, would become part of the investigation.

Before the ‘outed’ informant could be moved into a protection program elsewhere, he suspiciously died by what was ruled a suicide.

He Did It: She Did It

She pleaded guilty to obstructing a drug investigation. In court, Federal prosecutors said they thought the former teacher was covering for her husband’s actions.

Her attorney said he initially shared prosecutors’ suspicions and thought her story made no sense. He changed his mind after making her undergo a lie-detector polygraph test, which he said indicated no deception.

At the sentencing, the U.S. District Judge said to the former teacher, “This is a very serious crime, with very serious consequences.”

And then the judge sentenced the former teacher to three years in federal prison where there is no parole.

Take-Away: My thought, in this case, is not to make decisions based on emotions. I know—obvious and easier said than done. Teachers, law enforcement, fire personnel—are all role models and should act accordingly or seek other employment. It’s a shame this conscientious teacher lost her career and her marriage because she sought revenge.

What do you think about this case? Your relevant comments about this post or any of the other posts are always welcome on the website.

Do you know of a school crime you’d like to share? Email me so we can discuss the details.

 

Thanks for reading!

-Robin

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The Bully And The Hero

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Robin Lyons' Blog Post #113Hello. Thank you for continuing to read my research. I believe it’s important for people to understand that danger lurks at most schools.

You might be surprised by this post as I’m spotlighting the hero rather than the villain.

BLOG POST #113: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a high school bully, a visually impaired classmate, and a hero.

The Law Is The Law, Right?

Or is the law subjective? Where I live, there’s a case in the mainstream news about a person who threw a cream pie into the face of a mayor. Was it assault? The jury couldn’t reach a verdict. What if it had been acid thrown in the face instead of pie?

In the bullying case referenced in this post, a bully was punching a visually impaired boy at school. Fighting was a clear violation of the school district’s administrative regulation on conduct.

To display proper conduct to and from school, on school grounds and school buses. Specific prohibitions listed in the State Education Code include:

(a) Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person.

Would you say there should have been consequences for the bully? Perhaps a suspension or an expulsion would have been appropriate.

Would your opinion be different if you knew the hostility between the bully and the disabled boy was mutual and had been building for some time? Did it make the crime worse because of the one boy’s disability?

An Eye For An Eye (pun not intended)

Another boy happened upon the fight scene which was being recorded by many. Nobody had attempted to stop the fight.

With one hard punch, the newcomer to the fight scene knocked the bully to the ground. As he stood over the bully, he was heard saying, “You trying to jump a f—— blind kid, bro. What the f— is your problem?”

His peers quickly hailed the boy a hero on social media. (The same peers who did nothing to stop the fight)

Should the hero’s actions have warranted a consequence? After all, he technically used violence to stop the violent outbreak.

The Law Is The Law: Consequences Can Be Subjective

The bully was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery.

For confidentiality reasons, the school didn’t release information regarding consequences for the bully. And due to the boy’s age, it’s unknown if the battery charge was dismissed or not.

Rumors circulated about the hero being suspended from school and kicked off the football team.

Through a public statement and because the boy’s parents granted permission, the school district quashed the rumors. They had not suspended the hero for coming to the aid of his classmate. And he wasn’t on the football team that school year.

The hero had his moment of fame and went back to being a teenager who did the right thing.

Why don’t more kids do the right thing?

What do you think about this case? Join the conversation on the website. We talk about the sensitive subject of crimes occurring at or connected to schools. Your relevant comments are always welcome on the Research Blog.

Do you know of a school crime you’d like to share? Email me so we can discuss the details.

Thanks for reading!

-Robin

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The Teacher On A Downward Spiral Of Addiction

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Robin Lyons' Blog Post #109

When a school employee or other public service employee is arrested for illegal activities most people are disappointed and shocked. I know I continue to be saddened by the cases I research. If only there were a way to vet applicants so as to hire the very best.

Thank you for taking time from your busy life to read and learn about school news that often doesn’t make ‘the news.’

BLOG POST #112: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a high school special education teacher.

I’ve never known a heroin addict. After researching this case, I wondered…Was his drug use not noticeable?

And Then There Was One

A student found a syringe on the restroom floor. He gave the syringe to a teacher’s aide. The school notified local authorities and a criminal investigation ensued.

At the beginning of the investigation, there were three teachers under suspicion. It was when the  K-9 narcotics officer began searching the school and detected drugs in the teacher’s backpack that he became the single suspect.

He was in his mid-30s and taught special education at the high school level.

The Dog Knows

His backpack which was in the classroom, on the floor next to his desk.

Officers found in the backpack, 125 packets of heroin, syringes, pills, and other paraphernalia.

Under arrest and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, he never returned to the classroom.

The judge didn’t believe the personal use admission and said to the teacher, “That’s a tremendous amount of narcotics in your possession, in your classroom, in your bag, right by your desk.”

He denied selling narcotics but admitted to being a heroin addict and claimed all the heroin in his possession was for personal use.

Was The Sentence Appropriate?

There wasn’t enough evidence to prove distribution. The ex-teacher accepted a plea agreement and pleaded guilty to third-degree possession of a controlled and dangerous substance.

The court sentenced no jail time; instead, he’ll serve four years of probation, 100 hours of community service and undergo regular drug testing.

Eight years after issuance, he relinquished his teaching certificates and began working in a hotel restaurant.

The judge commended the student who found the syringe as, “Bright and responsible.”

If you found this case interesting, you’ll also want to read a similar case: Chasing the Dragon

What do you think about this case? Do you know of a school crime you’d like to share? Email me so we can discuss the details.

 

Thanks for reading!

-Robin

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A Sexual Predator At The High School

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Robin Lyons' Blog Post #108Greetings and thank you for reading my blog post. You care about children, or you wouldn’t continue to read my research. I believe understanding more about the dangers lurking online and offline helps us make the world a safer place for kids.

There are so many websites on the internet where teenagers can connect with other teens. Unfortunately, pedophiles and sexual predators are also on those sites. If you haven’t talked openly with your children about cyber predators, perhaps it’s time you did.

BLOG POST #111: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a high school teacher and a teenage girl (not one of his students).

How Much Freedom Should Teenagers Have?

If you have children, I’m sure you’ve had moments when you wanted to snoop on your child’s electronic device to see what websites they visit. Keeping an eye on who they communicate with on social media is a challenge. You might question if they deserve some freedom, or if they know better than to get involved in anything inappropriate. I say, kick those thoughts to the curb and snoop.

On this Mother’s Day weekend I’d like to salute the mother in this case for her decision to check-up on her daughter. If it hadn’t been for her, there’s no telling how this story may have ended.

Kids Are Easy To Persuade: Puppies. Candy. Money.

The teacher had met the teenage girl on a website called ‘deviantart.’ After some time, the two moved their communication to emails.

He started grooming her slowly by talking about photography and problems in life. He lavished her with compliments about her beauty. Then he transitioned into a business proposition. If she sent him nude photos, he’d send money and gifts. She started sending him nude photos. In return, he sent her money, books, candy, clothes, panties, and makeup.

When the mother questioned her daughter about the packages she was receiving, the daughter explained they were from a high school friend who had moved to another state.

To Snoop Or Not To Snoop – That Is The Question

Before the mother found out about the teacher’s inappropriate and illegal conduct, the teacher wanted more than photos. He and the teenager began using Skype to converse and masturbate together.

And then one day the teenage girl’s mother saw her daughter’s email account open on her computer, so she snooped to see what her daughter was doing and with whom she had been exchanging emails.

She was taken aback to find sexually explicit emails containing nude photos of her daughter and nude photos of a much older man. She immediately notified her local law enforcement agency.

Investigators Have Heard It All

The teacher told the law enforcement office who was questioning him, he taught high school advanced placement psychology and believed everything he was doing was helping the young girl feel good about her individuality. In reality, he taught social studies.

He admitted to participating in sexual role-play through emails with the young girl. Explaining his behavior as part of the ‘therapy’ he was using to help her feel good about herself.

When the investigator asked the teacher about sending nude photos of himself and specifically of his penis, he denied sending any. Later he admitted to sending the photos but failed to have a reasonable explanation as to why he sent them.

He’s Right Where He Should Be

After searching his electronic devices, FBI agents discovered another teenager he was grooming and had enticed into producing and sending him pornographic photos. And there was more child pornography recovered from his computer.

He pleaded guilty to child pornography charges. A federal judge sentenced him to 27 years in prison for enticement of a minor and production of child pornography plus a 20-year concurrent sentence for receiving child pornography. Upon release (at age of 86) he will serve a lifetime of supervised release and register as a sex offender.

What do you think about this case? Do you know of a school crime you’d like to share? Email me so we can discuss the details.

 

Thanks for reading!

-Robin

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