Most Wanted Teacher

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Posts about real school tragedy, crime and/or events can be upsetting.

I’ve warned on a few posts that the case referenced is alarming. Be advised—this criminal’s actions were horrific.

BLOG POST #152: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving an elementary school teacher.

A Long Road To Justice

This case has taken a long time to reach a trial, verdict, and then sentencing. You may have heard about this on the news or seen this case on an Unsolved Mystery type show.

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A Sexual ‘Hit List’ At The High School

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Posts about real school tragedy, crime and/or events can be upsetting.

Thank you for spending a few minutes to read my research. I hope as you’ve been reading about these cases your awareness and vigilance is becoming heightened.

If one nugget of information causes someone to question a behavior, then my time sharing these cases has been well spent. If you do become aware of someone at a school you think may be a danger to someone else, NEVER try to handle the situation yourself – REPORT your suspicions to school administration or law enforcement.

BLOG POST #126: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving high school students.

Not A Merry Christmas

Just before Christmas one year, two high school boys were arrested and charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct against a 15-year-old female classmate. Another boy was also charged, but due to his age, the case was handled in juvenile court with sealed records.

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The 44-Year-Old Teacher And Her 13-Year-Old Student

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Posts about real school tragedy, crime and/or events can be upsetting.

Robin Lyons' Blog Post #115Hello! Thank you for your continued interest in my research. This week, you may be surprised that the teacher involved in the sex crime case is a woman. Male sexual predators overwhelmingly outnumber females in sex crime cases involving children. But there are female sexual predators as in this week’s case.

BLOG POST #115: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a Special Education Teacher and her seventh-grade student.

The Teacher’s Lewd Behavior

The middle school special education teacher had been with the district for close to twenty years when she ended her career and essentially her life after initiated a sexual relationship with one of her seventh-grade students.

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Shock and Horror Happened the Night Before a Basketball Tournament

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Posts about real school tragedy, crime and/or events can be upsetting.

Robin Lyons' Blog Post #105This case made me think of a Stephen King quote, “We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.”

Researching and writing about creepy people and disgusting behavior is worth it when someone who’s read one of my stories or blog posts notices questionable behavior connected to a school and says or does something about it.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post. Keep your eyes open and never assume children are safe at school. If something seems amiss, it probably is. Say something.

BLOG POST #105: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving high school basketball players.

A freshman went on an overnight trip to a school sponsored basketball tournament and ended up in the hospital.

Locker Room Secrets

It had been a longstanding rite of passage for freshman basketball players to receive a ‘racking in’ from the older players. In other words, they received a beating.

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The New Girl

the-new-girl-fbBLOG POST #89: She was new at the high school, a freshman. Her family moved to the United States from Ireland. You may have heard or read about her story in the news. Being the new kid at a school can be difficult. Nobody disputes kids can be mean.

She was bullied for the first three months of school. The bullies were relentless.  The new girl began dating a popular boy; this didn’t sit well with the bullies. They verbally abused her, they threw things at her, they wrote abusive comments on social media, they threatened physical abuse, and they sent hostile text messages. It takes a strong, self-confident teenager to weather the storm of mean comments made with no other purpose than to hurt. The 15-year-old victim in this case couldn’t take it, she committed suicide.

Six students were charged with felony and misdemeanor charges as a result of the bullying. The charges ranged from assault and battery to criminal harassment. One 18-year-old boy was charged with rape, although he denied having sex with her.

The conduct of those charged, the district attorney said, “Far exceeded the limits of normal teenage relationship-related quarrels.”

Five students accepted plea agreements and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminal harassment. Three teens were sentenced to probation and 100 hours of community service. Two were sentenced to probation. The rape charge against the 18-year-old was dropped at the request of the victim’s family.

Many states have since enacted anti-bullying laws. Some require more accountability of school staff to respond to reported cases of bullying. At the time of this incident, when a new law was under consideration, a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives voiced concerns about responding to bullying rather than creating a culture change, “so that bullying is antithetical to a school’s culture…”

Worth mentioning: The victim’s family filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination alleging the school district failed to protect their daughter from discrimination. The family received a settlement of $225,000.

What do you think about this case? Do you think the sentences were just? What are your thoughts on mandating schools to be more responsive to reported bullying? Do you know of a school crime that you feel others should be made aware of? Email me so we can discuss the details.

Thanks for reading!

-Robin

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