Friday, October 9, 2009

Teacher's gone wild!


What is going on?

Are teachers now fed up, mad as hell and not taking it any more?

City teacher charged with stealing lunch money

By: Lisa Marchesoni - The Murfreesboro Post

A Cason Lane Academy teacher accused of pocketing students’ lunch money was charged with theft under $500 Monday by Murfreesboro Police.

Teacher Angela M. Strube, 30, of Sky Valley Trail in Smyrna was charged with theft of the money from her third grade students after an investigation by Detective Lt. Nathan McDaniel.

McDaniel’s arrest warrant accused Strube of removing the lunch money from envelopes.

Murfreesboro City Schools’ spokeswoman Cheryl Harris said Strube was suspended without pay. She is a tenured teacher.

Police spokesman Kyle Evans said the Murfreesboro City Schools system, not the children, was the victim because the teacher reported the children paid for the lunches.

“She admitted to taking the school lunch money – just to pocket the money,” Evans said.

Principal Chad Fletcher reported money missing from the school lunches and Smart Card fund Sept. 14.

Evans said the investigation about the Smart Card fund money remains open.

“We are glad to make an arrest in this case,” Evans said. “Anytime you have an authority figure you trust stealing from the most vulnerable is a sad situation.”

Strube is scheduled to answer the charge Nov. 30 in General Sessions Court.

Also, another school system employee was suspended without pay after being arrested during the weekend.

Charles Michael Miller, 23, of Middleborough Court was charged Friday with maintaining a dwelling to sell drugs, felony possession of Ecstasy tables and marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, Officer Matthew Roe reported.

He identified himself as a teacher at Northfield Elementary School.

But Harris said Miller worked for the Extended School Program at Northfield and John Pittard elementary schools.

“He is not a teacher,” Harris said.

Miami Lakes teacher gets 2 years probation for spiking autistic student's soda with hot sauce

South Florida Sun Sentinel

MIAMI LAKES — A Miami Lakes special education teacher was sentenced today to two years of probation after she was found guilty of putting hot sauce in an autistic student's soda, WFOR-Ch. 4 reports.

Sylvia Tagle also was sentenced to 100 hours of community service.

The boy's parents said they were outraged at what they call a "lenient" sentence.

"It's really sad and you know what? It really, really sends a bad message to everyone," the father told the judge.

Last month, Tagle was convicted of abuse after she gave a soda with hot sauce in it to the Bob Graham Educational Center student to teach him a lesson.

Tagle says the boy grabbed the soda from her desk when she was with other students.

Tagle could have faced up to five years in prison.

Jurors found Tagle not guilty of three other charges, including pulling a student's hair and not changing soiled diapers.

Elated the case had come to an end with no prison time, Tagle said she loves her job and the children she teaches.

"I love all my autistic children," she told WFOR. "That's why I've done it for so many years. It's not an easy task but I love doing it. And whatever happened was not done intentionally."

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