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Information for parents, grandparents, and those who care about children.

Robin uses the true crime cases shared here on the blog as inspiration for characters and plots in her School Marshal Mystery/Thriller series. 

The cases are disturbing. Schools try to provide a safe learning environment, but they’re underfunded, understaffed, and need more training. **Explicit Content Ahead**

Should you become aware of a person who you believe may be a danger to someone at a school, NEVER attempt to handle the situation yourself. See or hear something – say something by REPORTING your suspicions to school administration or law enforcement.

If you’ve experienced school violence, have suicidal thoughts or know someone who needs help please call:

US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-TALK (8255)

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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.

What are your thoughts about this case? Are you shocked something like this could take place at a school? 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.

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Revenge At The High School

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Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #187: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a high school custodian.

Someone had scrawled a threatening message on the wall of a boys’ bathroom. A student reported the graffiti—sending the school into a lock down for the second day in a row.

Two days with back-to-back bomb threats at the high school put everyone on edge. The sheriff vowed to find who’d made the threats and seek justice.

Not a lot of teaching can take place when the entire school population must be evacuated and relocated to an off-campus location while bomb squads and K-9 units search a school. And it takes many hours to conduct the search.

The authorities arrested the 50-something school custodian who’d been an employee with the school district for 12 years.

Dumb Stunt

She pleaded guilty to filing a false report, a felony. Her motive? She was angry with her boss—the school principal. So, scribble something inappropriate about your boss on the bathroom wall, get arrested, charged with a felony, toss away your salary, future contributions to your retirement—for what? [scratching head]

Because she had no prior criminal record and no longer worked for the school district, the judge sentenced her to 90 days of house arrest and 3 years of probation.

What are your thoughts 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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Despicable School Bus Driver

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Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #186: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a school bus driver.

This 40-something man had worked for the county seventeen years. He’d been a school bus driver for five years.

She was 9-years-old and a special needs student at the time of her sexual assault.

Unsafe Transfer

The victim had been transferred to a different school to serve her developmental disability better. She rode the bus to and from school—the last student to get off—she rode for approximately fifteen minutes alone.

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A Typical Morning At The Home Of A School Shooter

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Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #185: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a middle school student who planned to kill people.

PLOTTING

Leading up the school shooting, the 13-year-old student had searched the internet using the terms Columbine, Sandy Hook, school shooting memes, what was the largest mass shooting in America, and he also searched for a blueprint of his middle school. The school had approx., 1,300 6th-8th grade students.

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Killer High School Friends

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Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #184: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving three high school friends.

She was a 16-year-old honors student living in a small close-knit community when she went missing. After her parents reviewed the security video from their apartment complex, they saw she’d slipped out her bedroom window and got into the back seat of a car. The video was too grainy to see make, model, or license plate number.

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