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Posts about real school tragedy, crime and/or events can be upsetting.
It’s troubling when you see headline news stories like this: “Roseville instructional aide accused of having sex with student.” …detectives charged the 21-year-old with suspicion of three felony charges relating to unlawful sex with a minor under the age of 18….
That’s what aired last night on the local ABC network in Sacramento. I’ll watch for updates to see where this case goes. *Innocent until proven guilty*
This week the topic isn’t exactly a sex crime, more like a fatal attraction. I felt it was important to share yesterday’s news because it plays into the big picture of crimes occurring at or connected to schools. Sadly, these types of crimes occur more frequently than my weekly blog posts.
BLOG POST #137: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a young high school math teacher.
It was her first semester as a teacher when she became infatuated with a 17-year-old student.
She began writing him love letters.
At first, the high school senior ignored her attempts to connect with him. When she didn’t stop, he gave the letters to a school counselor in hopes the unwanted attention would end.
When the letters didn’t stop and grew more intense with her proclaiming her love for the student, he contacted the state department of education. The DOE began an investigation.
By spring, the school district had placed the first-year teacher on suspension. Even with the likelihood she’d lose her job, she didn’t stop pursuing the student. She opened email accounts and Facebook accounts in the student’s name.
The student went to the local authorities who issued a ‘No Contact Court Order’ to the suspended teacher.
Into the next school year when he was in college, the harassment continued to plague the young man. She created a blog and wrote about her love for the teen. When she wrote about ending her life, the authorities were able to elevate the danger level.
Her suicide plan was to take her life at an indoor shooting range.
Taken into custody, she was charged with felony stalking to which she pleaded guilty.
The court sentenced her to three years in jail, and she was required to relinquish her teaching license. Because she had already served 98 days, the balance of her sentence was suspended with conditions.
She had to undergo mental health treatment and serve 546 days of monitored probation. And she was prohibited from contacting the victim or going near him. A violation of any of the terms would send her to jail to serve the duration of her sentence.
If she followed the terms of her probation, she would be able to apply to have her felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor.
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