Inducing Panic

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Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #176: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving an 18-year-old high school student.

Valentine’s Day will mark one year since the Parkland High School mass shooting in Florida where 17 people were killed. You’d assume students all around the U.S. knew about the shooting in record time. Social Media spreads news faster than news outlets.

And yet, with all the sadness and fear during that time, 14 days after the Parkland shooting, an 18-year-old high school student posted on social media a warning that he was going to kill two specific staff members on Monday.

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Living Large At The District’s Expense

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Robin Lyons Blog Post Living Large At The District's ExpenseBLOG POST #175: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a school business manager who embezzled $1.6 million.

The 50-something business manager worked for the rural school district for ten years before she put into place her embezzlement scheme. And the school district didn’t catch on for another ten years.

She made payments to herself and used district money for personal expenses. The accounting records were altered to show payments to legit vendors that never happened, and she changed payroll records showing employees had a higher income than they received. Those employees paid a total of more than $13,000 in income taxes to the IRS they didn’t owe.

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Open Meeting Law

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Recently, Los Angeles school teachers went on strike for better wages and working conditions. This made me think about the Louisiana teacher who at a board meeting in 2018, asked why the superintendent should have a salary increase when teachers hadn’t seen a raise in nearly ten years.

She was interrupted and ejected from the meeting, then arrested for Willful Disobedience. Do you remember this story? If not, here’s the post from April 2018: Willful Disturbance

I wondered if anything new had transpired since I wrote the original post. In researching, I found a lot had happened and decided it was worthy of an update.

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Misguided Obsession

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BLOG POST #173: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a 30-something high school band and orchestra teacher.

He’d been a teacher with the school district for eleven years when he was caught stalking and harassing students.

The Obsession

The teacher became fixated on a 17-year-old male student in his band class.

The teacher told the boy he had a crush on him.

There were invitations to house parties where alcohol was being served.

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Abuse of Power

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BLOG POST #172: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a middle school science teacher.

Being a school teacher involves so much more than teaching. Parents trust teachers to not only educate their children but also keep them safe. When a teacher violates that trust—whether it’s at school or not—too often, it’s criminal.

The Crime

This case involves a woman whose identity is protected because the abuse she suffered began when she was 10-years-old. And because she was a minor for most of the time she was abused, much of the case detail is also protected.

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