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.

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Science Teacher On The Run

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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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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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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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Extortion And Bribery At School

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On the heels of Black Friday—the biggest shopping/spending day of the year—I thought school employee extortion, and bribery might be fitting.

BLOG POST #168: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a ring of seven transportation employees.

Who’s Minding The Shop?

The employees worked for the city’s department of education (DOE), special education transportation division. Their jobs included setting the specifications for bus routes, overseeing bus routing bids from bus companies, securing transportation for field trips, and addressing vehicle safety issues found through random safety inspections.

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