In The School Storage Shed

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Robin Lyons Blog PostBLOG POST #188: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a school custodian.

A school is a finely tuned machine, running on less and less funding. Everyone has a job to do, and if there’s spare time, then chances are good that position will see the hours cut in the next school year.

The 40-something custodian, in this case, had way too much free time or wasn’t doing a very good job. What he did make time for was to set up an explosion-prone “one-pot” methamphetamine lab in a storage area on the K-12 campus with approximately 1,000 students in high school, middle school, and elementary grades.

What goes into making meth? Garden fertilizer, water, lye, solvents, cold-flu pills, ammonia, and lithium batteries in an empty plastic soda pop bottle. When the ingredients aren’t mixed in the right amounts, it can result in causing a fire, explosion, and death.

When the news broke about a meth lab on campus, parents were upset about the “meth lab” but also angry that when the lab was discovered the students hadn’t been evacuated.

After pleading guilty to making meth inside a school, the judge sentenced the former custodian to six years in prison.

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Cocaine In The Classroom

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Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #181: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a young high school English teacher.

You may remember seeing the video on the news. In the morning, students, from outside the classroom, recorded the teacher alone in her classroom doing drugs. Students alerted the principal and posted the video on social media which was widely viewed.

The local police were called and arrived to investigate late the same morning. A police officer walked the 24-year-old teacher out of the school in handcuffs. Students also recorded her leaving the school and posted this on social media as well.

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Mentoring Troubled Youth

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BLOG POST #171: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime that occurred a few years ago involving a high school Dean of Academy and a 17-year-old student.

New Job

The 50-something man was selected from a pool of about 50 applicants and had been with the high school serving as the Dean of Academy and family outreach coordinator for two months.

The newly hired Dean of Academy was known as a community organizer and youth minister in the area for decades nicknamed ‘Rev,’ a familiar face, often worked with police and helped gang members turn their lives around. 

The 17-year-old student—an at-risk teen—primarily raised by his grandmother because his mother was incarcerated didn’t trust ‘Rev’ at first but soon shared his personal struggles. Rather than help the boy, ‘Rev’ recruited him to sell marijuana.

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School Principal Blinded By Love

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For additional funding and to comply with the Safe and Drug-Free Schools Community Act (SDFSCA), schools in the US have adopted drug and violence prevention programs for students, teachers, staff, and parent education. Programs vary from school to school.

If staff alcohol and/or drug related issues occur, the school district would also utilize employment contracts, school board policies, and bargaining unit contracts to take appropriate action.

BLOG POST #157: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a school principal.

The School Principal

Her crime occurred on her own time. However, her actions might make you question her character while on duty. Generally speaking, school employees—similarly to law enforcement and emergency response personnel—should set an example of high moral standards both on and off duty.

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Elementary School Drug Ring

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When students are involved in crimes, information is often protected. Most often the court documents are sealed.

Because the students, in this case, were so young, the case documents are protected. And because they were so young, I felt it was worth sharing.

I’m sure most people can’t fathom elementary students would be involved with drugs. Sadly, it happens in all socioeconomic groups.

BLOG POST #150: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving middle school and elementary school students.

Tipped Off

A resource officer at a middle school received a tip about illegal drug activity.

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