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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Teacher On A Criminal Path

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Children go to school blindly trusting they will receive an education and learn how to socialize. When a trusted school employee does something criminal, it’s heartbreaking to the adults who understand and confusing to the students who don’t.

BLOG POST #143: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a second-grade teacher.

The second-grade teacher was a 47-year-old divorced mother of three living with two men, one of whom was on home detention for a previous crime. She’d been with the elementary school ten years.

Bad Influences

Following a tip, the local sheriff department dispatched deputies to the teacher’s home where they found drugs and paraphernalia.

The teacher’s housemates were arrested.

Upon finding the drugs at her home, additional deputies went to the elementary school where the teacher worked.

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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 #116: 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.

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