Welcome to today’s edition of Public School Hell, a news roundup of hell in our public schools.
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A Lee County school teacher involved in an explosive SWAT team stand off will get her job back. Maria Burns was fired from Pine Island Elementary School after an eight hour standoff last May – an incident that began as a domestic call. Maria Burns was charged with possessing and growing marijuana and she was suspended without pay. Eventually, all charges were dropped and a judge ruled that Burns will be allowed to get her job back. Last May, Burns and her partner, Lisa Christopolus, got into a fight inside their Charlotte County home. A SWAT team was called in after Christopolus barricaded herself in the home and began shooting at deputies. After the eight hour standoff, police discovered nearly 30 marijuana plants inside the home owned by Burns. Court documents show it couldn’t be proved that the plants belonged to Burns and that she never shot at deputies. That’s why the charges were dropped and a judge ruled that Burns be given her job back with back pay. Tuesday, the Lee County School Board agreed and reinstated Burns. But Lee County School District Spokeswoman Amity Chandler says it’s unlikely that Burns will return to Pine Island Elementary. “I don’t believe that the teacher will be able to go back to her original school. There is a teacher surplus right now. I believe she will have the opportunity – like everyone else teaching in a classroom – based on principal interview and need,” she said.
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – A Chicago Public School teacher has been removed from the classroom after being charged with rape.
STROUDSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA — Troopers arrested a high school teacher in Monroe County Wednesday morning and charged her with child sex crimes.
COCONUT CREEK, FLORIDA – A music teacher at Discovery Pre-School Center in Coconut Creek was charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of two female students, police said Tuesday. (NOTE: This is a private school but since it is a pre-school and is non-sectarian, it most likely receives public funding.
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – A West Michigan teacher has been charged with four counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct after a police investigation into reports of inappropriate contact involving several male students.
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – A Charlotte elementary school staffer has been arrested and charged with child sex crimes. Twenty-five-year-old Tafari Higgins is charged with raping and taking indecent liberties with a child.
GASTON COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA – A high school science teacher and wrestling coach is under investigation after he was charged with 15 felony counts of sex crimes against children.
FAIRMONT, WEST VIRGINIA – A Fairmont teacher has been arrested on sexual abuse charges.
CLARKSTOWN, NEW YORK – Clarkstown Police arrested Jill Blau, a teacher at Link Elementary School, on charges of driving while ability impaired on Tuesday. Police report they arrested Blau, 40, of Mahwah, NJ on charges of driving while ability impaired by drugs and criminal possession of a controlled substance.
YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO – After his lawyer posted $10,500 bond for him, Jay Dana, a retired Boardman Center Middle School English teacher, plans to live in Grand Blanc, Mich., as he awaits further court action on three counts of rape, which name three women as alleged victims.
SAN LEANDRO, CALIFORNIA – A teacher’s mistake in a California classroom leads to serious charges. Students say a veteran teacher at San Leandro high school accidentally posted a nude photo of himself during a lecture. The teacher notified his superiors about the incident and he was placed on leave. During a search of his computer, authorities say they found child pornography.
LINDEN, CALIFORNIA – Teacher charged with student backpack thefts.
ELIZABETHTOWN, KENTUCKY – Brian Walters, a teacher at Central Hardin High School was arrested after he was accused of fondling 9-nine-year-old girl earlier this year.
MIDDLEFIELD, OHIO – School teacher charged sexual imposition.
MINNETONKA, MINNESOTA – A Minnesota high school cheerleader has been arrested after police say she prostituted a teammate who has a developmental cognitive delay.
GREEN COVE SPRINGS, FLORIDA – Teacher charged with child abuse agrees to diversionary program.
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – A teacher and a teacher’s aide resigned from Woodlake Elementary School last week after admitting that they duct-taped a second-grader to his chair because he was being too rambunctious, officials said.
TAYLORSVILLE, UTAH – A freshman girl at Bennion Jr. High School in Taylorsville is charged with assault after a video captured her beating up another student, according to Granite School District officials.PALESTINE, TEXAS – Cross-country running coach Lisa Harroff, 39, is accused of repeatedly meeting up for illicit sex sessions with teenage student over a course of several months.
EDGCOMBE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA – An Edgecombe County pastor and former middle school teacher’s assistant has been charged in connection with exploiting a teenager.EDMONDS, WASHINGTON – Several students at a Washington state elementary school were recently suspended for playing with Nerf guns, despite having allegedly received permission from a teacher to bring the toys to school.
OWINGS, MARYLAND – An 11-year-old boy who hopes to become a Navy SEAL was suspended from a Maryland school after he used the word ‘gun’ in a conversation on board a school bus.