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The research is disturbing. Schools try to provide a safe learning environment, but they’re underfunded, understaffed, and need more training. 

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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Misguided Desires

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Does your teenage son or daughter text with a teacher? Are they friends on social media? If yes is your answer to either question… you need to keep reading.

BLOG POST #216: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a middle school teacher.

He’d worked for the school district for 14-years. Most recently, he’d taught science at the middle school and coached cheerleading. Against school policy, he routinely texted with students about non-school related subjects.

His life took a sinful turn when he allowed two boys to skip PE and stay in science class to help set up for an experiment. One boy told the teacher kids from the cheerleading squad were sending around nude photos of themselves. The student showed the teacher a nude shot.

The teacher began on the right path and told the boy to get rid of the photo. Later, however, he texted and asked for the photo, he planned to confront the student in the image. Several boys sent the teacher more sexually explicit photos of kids from the school—all males between 13 and 14-years old.

He began chatting with nine boys about their genitalia through texting and privately on social media. Some sent videos of them… [you guessed it].

At no point did the teacher report the students’ behavior to the school administration or the boys’ parents. In fact, the teacher became more assertive, asking for more photos and videos and asked if one boy wanted to join him in a sexual act.

When the boy stopped communicating with the teacher, he showed up at his place of employment. The boy’s parents filed two complaints with the sheriff’s office. Meanwhile, he continued to teach. The school district worked with law enforcement through the investigation but didn’t place the teacher on administrative leave until charges were filed.

The teacher chose to go to trial. His defense was that he was gathering evidence to present to the school administration and student’s parents.

Yes, everyone is innocent until proven guilty. But, if his defense were true, I would have questioned why he had a framed photo of the boy he sought on his bedside table.

His jury reached a verdict in 10 minutes—guilty of possessing child pornography.

The judge sentenced the ex-teacher to 10 years in federal prison.

I believe teachers and students shouldn’t fraternize or communicate via social media. Period. Here’s a similar case you may have missed: Teachers Partying With Students

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.

Do you know of a school crime you’d like to share? Email me so we can discuss the details.

Thanks for reading!

-Robin

Source: Court documents—USA v., FOX 10 news, CBS News 5 WKRG, AL.Abama Media Group

Citizen’s Academy Part II

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Robin Lyons, author websiteIf you’re curious about how law enforcement functions, then you should sign up for a citizen’s academy. And if you’re an author who writes scenes containing any police procedures, you also should sign up for a citizen’s academy.

BLOG POST #215: This week, I’m sharing research information on a Citizen’s Academy I attended.

As I said in post 209, most law enforcement agencies have a Citizen’s Academy. Call your local police or sheriff department and ask them. I attended my local sheriff department’s Citizen Academy in 2013. It was a free sixteen-week course held one evening each week, plus one ride-along with a deputy. Read More

Girl-Crazy Teacher

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Robin Lyons, AuthorIf you have children in high school, this criminal case will be of interest to you.

BLOG POST #214: This week, I’m sharing true-crime research involving a young, married high school teacher and football coach.

He’d been with the school district six years at the time of his arrest. Read More

A Repeat Offender at the High School

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I don’t understand why a school district would knowingly hire a sexual predator…

BLOG POST #213: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a high school teacher.

At the time she applied for and was hired by the school board, the teacher had a prior conviction on her record for having sexual indiscretions with a student while teaching in a different district. In that case, her nine-month sentenced was suspended. The court required her to pay fines and court costs. Based on court documents, her conviction two years previous to her application was known by the school board president when she was hired. Read More

Locker Room Assault

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Robin Lyons Fiction AuthorBLOG POST #212: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving two high school football players.

The Bet

Two football teammates made a harmless small bet on a basketball game. The boys were also friends. The one who’d lost the bet promised to pay his friend as soon as he had money.

A few weeks later, after football practice, in the locker room, one boy pushed the other and asked about the money. When the boy who’d been pushed asked his friend to stop pushing him, the friend replied with, “What are you going to do about it?”

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