The School Teacher Who Sought Revenge

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

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? 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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