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For parents, grandparents, and those who care about children

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

The cases are disturbing. If you thought schools were safe, continue reading.

Should you become aware of a person at or connected to a school who you believe may be a danger to someone, NEVER attempt to handle the situation yourself. REPORT your suspicions to school administration or law enforcement. If you or someone you know needs help call:

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Posts about real school tragedy, crime and/or events can be upsetting.

Disclaimer:  All data and information provided on this site is for information and research purposes only and not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, or individual. Criminal cases may have been appealed or verdicts overturned since a case was researched.  All information is provided on an as-is basis. The opinions expressed by individuals providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of Robin Lyons.

 

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Science Teacher On The Run

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Posts about real school tragedy, crime and/or events can be upsetting.

Robin Lyons School News BlogBLOG POST #177: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a 15-year-old high school student and her 50-year-old teacher.

It was her first year in public school. She’d been home-schooled through eighth grade.

He’d been with the high school for six years, teaching health sciences.

She’d been a student in his forensics class when another student said they’d witnessed the student and teacher kiss in his classroom. The accusation was unsubstantiated but the rumors were rampant and triggered the following events.

Crossing The Line

The morning the teacher disappeared with his student he’d left a note for his wife. He said he needed to get away and ‘clear his head.’ He took with him  $4,500 and two prescription refills of an erectile dysfunction medication.

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Inducing Panic

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Posts about real school tragedy, crime and/or events can be upsetting.

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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Posts about real school tragedy, crime and/or events can be upsetting.

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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