A Georgia middle school gym teacher was arrested on charges that she had sexual relations with a 15-year-old student in 2013, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.
The student was between the 8th and 9th grades at the time of her alleged assault by Shawnetta D. Reece, 40, who was charged with child molestation and sexual assault by persons with supervisory or disciplinary authority.
Authorities were just recently tipped off to the alleged relationship, according to the GBI’s press release.
Reece taught at Union County Middle School in Blairsville, Georgia. It’s not clear when she last worked at the school, according to People magazine.
She has reportedly not yet entered a plea in the case.
[Image: Union County Jail]
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Kyron Horman was just 7 years old when he went missing on June 4, 2010. He didn’t return home from his home in Portland Oregon.
His stepmother, Terri Horman, brought him to school that morning and stayed with him while he attended a science fair. She said she left the school at about 8:45 a.m. and that she last saw Kyron walking down the hall to his first class. But his teachers say they never saw him. He was marked absent for the day, having never made it to his first class.
While Kyron’s disappearance was investigated, Rodolfo Sanchez, a landscaper for Terri, claimed she asked him to kill her husband Kaine Horman, as reported by KATU2 and The Oregonian. Kaine is Kyron’s biological father. Terri reportedly approached the landscaper about murdering her husband five months before the boy went missing, but police never filed charges because there was no evidence
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A former high school teacher is accused of having a long-term sexual relationship with a teenage boy she met when he was in middle school.
According to News 5, 36-year-old Laura Lynn Cross had a three-year relationship with a student she met when she was his eighth grade English teacher. She has since had his child.
The teen’s father says he had concerns about the former Buchtel High School teacher and told both school and police authorities back in 2012. No charges were filed.
Cross apparently even convinced the teen’s mother, who had custody, to allow the teen to move in with her through a court-approved, partial-parental custody arrangement. The teacher apparently positioned herself as a mentor to the teen.
“First of all, she’s a schoolteacher,” said the father. “To get aroused by a child basically you have to be a sick individual.”
Cross did resign from her teaching position in January 2015.
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Images of a shocking and distasteful Walmart product display, which showcased firearms in the store’s back-to-school section, have prompted the company to offer an apology to customers.
According to The New York Times, images of the display began circulating on social media before Walmart addressed the situation.
“What’s seen in this photograph would never be acceptable in our stores,” Walmart said in a statement. “We regret this situation and are looking into how it could have happened.”
On Wednesday, Walmart’s social media team determined that the sign had appeared at a store in Evansville, Indiana, and that it has since been removed.
On Thursday evening, a Walmart spokesperson told The Times that it was possible the image had been “digitally enhanced” or is some kind of prank.
“It was never confirmed the sign was [at the store in Indiana], and it wasn’t confirmed that this was the store in question,” Mr. Crowson said. The company’s social media
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The woman who died during Wednesday’s explosion at a Minneapolis private Christian school was prepping to be married in October.
Ruth Berg, 47, worked as a receptionist for the school for 17 years. CBS Minnesota reported that she was pulled from the rubble after the gas leak explosion.
According to the Star Tribune, John F. Carlson, an 82-year-old janitor, also lost his life. Nine others were injured. The explosion caused a partial collapse of the building.
School officials said that Berg “welcomed everyone with a smile and was always willing to go the extra mile to help our students, families, and staff.”
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The parents of Mallory Grossman, a 12-year-old girl from New Jersey, blamed her school for a lack of action against her bullies at a Tuesday press conference.
NJ.com reported that Bruce Nagel, the Grossmans’ attorney, said that the girl received text messages telling her to kill herself, and calling her a loser. However, the school allegedly neglected to take any action. The family plans to sue the district and school administrators for “gross negligence.”
“This small device can be a lethal weapon in the hands of the wrong child,” Nagel said while holding up an iPhone at the press conference. The Grossmans said that in addition to receiving “mean texts” their daughter was bullied through posts on Instagram and Snapchat.
Mallory’s mother, Dianne Grossman, said she’d been in contact with school administrators over her daughter’s bullying since October. She claims the school officials failed to take action, and failed to file harassment
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A Maryland teenager accused of beating his own mother to death with a hammer last week, allegedly texted a photo of his mom’s corpse to a friend after killing her.
Sixteen-year-old Andrew Zaragoza has been charged with murder in connection with the beating death of his mom, 56-year-old Donna Zaragoza.
According to ABC2, Andrew told police,”My mom was taking pills this morning, she hit me and I killed her.”
He sustained self-inflicted cuts and wounds to his face and neck. The mother suffered major trauma to the skull, a stab wound to the back and a stab wound in the chest. A bloodied ball-peen hammer was found next to her body on her bed. There was also a bloody kitchen knife tucked behind Andrew’s bedroom door.
Police found a letter signed by Andrew in which he described how he killed his mother. In it, he wrote that he wanted to
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A Maryland teenager is accused of beating his own mother to death with a hammer last week. Andrew Zaragoza, 16, has been charged as an adult for the bludgeoning death of his mom, 56-year-old Donna Zaragoza, according to The Baltimore Sun. Her body was found in a bedroom of the family’s Bel Air, Maryland house.
The high school student, known for playing football, was allegedly hit by his mother the morning of the murder, according to Zaragoza’s lawyer, public defender Tim Bahr. She allegedly took pills before striking her son. Zaragoza’s father and uncle both died of drug overdoses last year.
“He is a victim of abuse throughout his life, mental abuse, emotional abuse and physical abuse,” Bahr said before a judge on Saturday.
Andrew Zaragoza had also suffered self-inflicted stab wounds, ABC2 reported.
Police had been called to the family home previously for drug abuse, domestic problems, and mental health concerns.
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A Missouri teacher has been sentenced to four years in prison for sexually abusing his teenage student in a school closet. As People shares, William Nathan Herrington was sentenced on Friday after he pled guilty to statutory sodomy and sexual contact with a student.
The now-former teacher of Ash Grove High School in Missouri was arrested in October 2014. Following social media posts, handwritten notes and emails, he was accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old female student. The sexual relationship took place in a closet in the school library, as well as in Herrington’s home.
The student, who is now is college, told authorities that the 35-year-old married father inappropriately touched her and took advantage of her, per the News-Leader. She said that they met in the school closet at least 10 times, but she was too scared to tell anyone about the interactions. Her parents eventually found a note and messages from the teacher that were apparently sexual
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A North Carolina teen was not given his high school diploma after he read his own speech at graduation, instead of one the school wrote for him.
As Southwest Edgecombe County High School’s senior class president, Marvin Wright was supposed to write a speech and read it aloud at graduation, according to WRAL. He said he worked hard to write a speech for the graduation ceremony. Wright claimed on the day of graduation, he was told by school administrators that he could not read his speech. Instead, he was told to read a speech written for him by the school.
“I felt robbed of a chance to say my own words,” Marvin told The Washington Post.
Wright, 18, chose to read his speech. Marvin’s mom, classmates and teachers urged him to read his prepared words. His speech can be read in full here. He praised his mom, God, and his classmates
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