TACOMA, WA – A former sixth-grade teacher was sentenced to six months in jail for sexually abusing a 12-year-old student for over a year, but with four months already served, will spend the remaining two months at home.
Keshia Shaw was a math and science teacher at at Tacoma’s Gray Middle School when she first started molesting one of her students in 2007. The sexual abuse continued for over a year and a half, stopping only after the boy heard a sermon about molestation and finally told his mother what was happening.
Shaw would eventually plead guilty to two counts of second-degree child rape, in exchange for a six-month sentence. Judge McCarthy delivered the sentence on Tuesday, but was reluctant. He said he’d read through the court documents and didn’t like that Shaw kinda shifted some of the blame on the victim.
However, standing before the judge, Shaw took full responsibility for her actions and Judge McCarthy ended up crediting her for the four months she’s already served, and agreed to let her go home with a monitoring device to serve out the remaining two months.…Continue Reading
MULLICA TOWNSHIP, NJ — Residents of Mullica Township are rallying behind Kelly Mascio, a teacher for more than 15 years who was suspended after finding two students naked in her classroom bathroom and promptly reported it to a principal.
On Sept. 30, Mascio found two 5-year-olds — a boy and girl — inside her in-classroom bathroom together. Both were naked and told Mascio they were “having sex.” Mascio reported the incident to the principal, who then called police and the state Department of Youth and Family Services.
In response, Mascio was immediately suspended with pay even though police found no reason to pursue criminal charges against her and closed the case. Now Superintendent Brenda Harring-Marro has filed tenure charges against Mascio in an effort to have her fired permanently.
The Board of Education met Wednesday night to determine whether to certify the charges, but refused to inform the public — including about 200 people who came out to support Mascio — whether it had certified the complaint or not.
Mullica Township Education Association President Barbara Rheault said this was Mascio’s first year teaching kindergartners and that the day of the incident was a confusing one as children were moving in and out of Mascio’s classroom for MAPS benchmark testing.…Continue Reading
WESTMINSTER, CO – Vince Nett, a 16-year-old sophomore at Standley Lake, attempted suicide in the school’s cafeteria by drinking a bottle of bleach and then setting himself on fire.
At around 7:30 a.m. Monday morning, Nett was in the school cafeteria when he drank a water bottle full of bleach before dousing himself with Coleman fuel and lighting himself up. ”I could see the kid in the flames,” a student said. “He was standing and it was almost like he was dancing around in the fire.”
A quick-thinking cafeteria worker was able to retrieve a fire extinguisher that a custodian used to put out the flames. Nett was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, suffering from burns to 80 percent of his body. Aside from a teacher cutting their hand while getting the fire extinguisher out of its glass case, no one else was injured. Police say Nett never tried to harm other students.
No on knows why Nett decided to kill himself in such a fashion, but over the weekend he posted his plans online.…Continue Reading
HARRISBURG, PA – A high school field hockey coach has been accused of covering up the alleged rape of one of her players during a weekend athletic festival.
According to court documents, a 16-year-old girl was attending the Keystone State Games with her family this past summer, but had been allowed to spend the night at a hotel with her field hockey coach, 25-year-old Alicia Colon, and two other girls.
It was supposed to be a “girls night” until Colon picked up three men from a nearby town and brought them back to her hotel room. The men had taken taken Ecstasy, and Colon admitted she smoked some weed with them.
At some point that night, the victim woke up to one of the men, 23-year-old Rafael Gomez-Echavarria, kissing on her neck. After telling him to stop five times, he finally did. But two hours later he was scratching at her door again, waking up the victim as he touched her “private areas”.
Gomez-Echavarria then raped the girl, who said she didn’t scream because she was afraid he would hurt her.…Continue Reading
Melcher-Dallas, IA - Before I get started with this bullying article, let me say that I think the word “bullying” is used way too much lately, often used in any situation where someone is mean to another – regardless of any signs of continued harassment or if the perceived victim is 8-years-old or 38. I feel this effectively waters the word down, and is an insult to all of the kids who suffer through true bullying every day of their lives.
Honestly, a lot of times I hear the word “bullying” used and can’t help but imagine Donald Sutherland in Invasion of the Body Snatchers, pointing at someone with his mouth agape, but screaming “Buuuuuuulllllly!!!” in an attempt to direct the anonymous, online horde of professional pitchfork and torch holders to a new target. It’s why I stay away from a lot of bully bandwagon stories that ultimately lead to nothing but online lynch mobs and ridiculous laws being passed to satisfy outraged parents holding voter registration cards.
All that being said, WhoTV reported on 13-year-old Levi Null, a boy in Iowa who has been the target of bullying at Melcher-Dallas High School.…Continue Reading
CARROLL COUNTY, GA – An 8-year-old girl with hair extensions had to be taken to the emergency room after bullies at her school pulled her hair so hard that they ripped her scalp.
Aolani Dunbar’s family said she wanted to brush her hair like other girls at school so she got hair extensions. When she showed up to school, other kids picked on her for two weeks and took turns trying to pull out the extensions. They pulled her hair so hard that they eventually ripped Aolani’s scalp.
“They kept pulling it and pulling it, especially on the playground,” said Aolani. “Everybody got a chance, and I was in the gazebo sitting there crying because I have no friends to play with that will protect me.”
Her grandmother discovered the injury after she returned home from school one day. ”When I saw just the horror of it, I just started to cry,” said Dorris Bearden. “I cried as I un-braided her hair and the hair fell out in my hands.”
She was taken to the hospital to have her scalp repaired, where she had to have her hair shaved to avoid infection.…Continue Reading
Danvers, MA – A 14-year-old student at Danvers High School has been accused of stabbing a 24-year-old math teacher to death inside the school before hiding her body in nearby woods.
On Tuesday evening, Philip Chism was reported missing after the teen did not return home from school. The lead scorer for the high school’s soccer team also did not show up for an afternoon practice, or a dinner at a teammates house later that night.
At around 11:30 pm, Colleen Ritzer was reported missing by her family after she did not return home from Danvers High School, where she taught math, and was not answering her cell phone. When police went to the school to search for Ritzer, they found a second-floor bathroom covered in blood.
About an hour later, Chism was found walking alone along Route 1 and was taken to the police station. A short time later, police returned to Danvers High and found Ritzer’s dead body in a wooded area near the school. She’d been stabbed to death.…Continue Reading
Douglasville, GA - A senior at a Georgia high school is being treated for burns to 25 percent of her body after a science experiment went wrong during her school’s open house, and she was caught on fire.
On Thursday, Chapel Hill High School was hosting an Advanced Placement Open House where groups of students conduct presentations throughout the building. One group was showing how you can identify chemicals by the color of their flame when burning.
Surveillance video captured the moment a flammable liquid came out of its container too quicklyand ignited. The resulting fireball set a 12th grade female student on fire, and people nearby learned how to identify a human by the color of their flame when burning. (Hint: Bright yellow and screaming).
One of the student’s teachers who’d been monitoring the experiment took her down to the ground in an effort to extinguish the flames, but was having some trouble. Another teacher handed 17-year-old Will Wheeler a fire blanket that he was able to use to finally put out the fire.…Continue Reading
STAMFORD, CT - Police in Connecticut have arrested a 12-year-old girl after they say she was relentlessly bullying another student at a private middle school in Stamford.
The parents of a 13-year-old girl went to police after their daughter told them she was being bullied at school by the 12-year-old, who constantly taunted and harassed her. Even after making the complaint to police, the bullying continued and even intensified.
The bullying got so bad that the victim spoke about killing herself, prompting school administrators to work with police and investigate the bullying claims. This lead to police arresting the bully and charging her with disorderly conduct.
“This behavior will not be tolerated,” Stamford Police Capt. Richard Conklin said. “If it is brought to our attention, we will vigorously investigate the allegations and make arrests when appropriate. We investigate all claims of bullying, and this type of behavior will not be condoned in a learning environment.”
Some residents think that arresting the girl, who was later released to her parents, is a bit drastic.…Continue Reading
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fl- A former Teacher of the Year is facing 30 years in prison after turning down a plea deal and then being found guilty of having sex with a 12-year-old student.
According to reports, then-29-year-old Ethyl Anderson abused the boy between December 2011 and February 2012 in Anderson’s home during math tutoring sessions. An investigation was started that quickly led to her arrest when the boys mother went to police, concerned that her son was having sex with his teacher.
During the trial, prosecutors displayed over 230 pages of sextings between Anderson and the boy. Anderson claims the messages were intended to promote sexual therapy and academia in order to make him a better student. She stated “That was my purpose, to gain his attention. And yes, I did it in an inappropriate way,” Anderson initially denied having sex with the boy, until the boys mother captured Anderson admitting to exchanging oral sex by wearing a wiretap. Anderson later recanted the admission, stating she was merely saying what the boy’s mother wanted to hear.…Continue Reading
KANSAS CITY, MO - A mother who got angry with her son’s kindergarten teacher has been accused of hitting her in the face, jerking her hair, and then ramming the teacher’s head against a filing cabinet.
Kansas City police say the attack occurred Thursday afternoon after 24-year-old Simone Baker entered her son’s kindergarten classroom at Truman Elementary to talk to the teacher “about what her son stated (the teacher) did to him in class earlier today.”
Baker’s 6-year-old son had returned home from school with a scratch on his neck that he stated was inflicted by his teacher after he had gotten into trouble at school earlier that day.
The teacher reportedly told Baker that if she wanted to speak with her and the principal regarding her son, she needed to return on Friday. Instead, Baker went to the principal’s office where she reportedly created a scene.
“She came up to the school very irate,” said Ebony Walker, the school district’s spokeswoman. “The administration did everything they could do to keep her calm.…Continue Reading
New York, NY - The family of Joel Morales, the 12-year-old boy who hanged himself last year over constant bullying, are now suing the boys that allegedly bullied him.
Morales’ mother, Lisbeth Babilonia, has filed suit against the city of New York, the Board of Education and the boys she says bullied her son to death – named in the suit as Kenneth, Stephen, Omar and Elijah ‘Doe’, along with the boys’ parents
According to the suit, Joel’s small size and fragile nature made him a perfect target for school bullies. “Joel was a small-framed fragile boy who sometimes stuttered and had problems with fine motor skills. He was extremely short and underweight for his age,” the suit says.
His family says they complained to the Department of Education multiple times a week to have something done about the constant harassment Joel was experiencing at Public School 102.
“He told me about it many times,” Babilonia said. “I went to school and spoke with the teacher, spoke with the assistant principal, with the principal.…Continue Reading
OSSINING, NY – A high school teacher from upstate New York spent Friday night on a jail cot instead of his wedding bed after being charged with raping a 16-year-old student. Does that count as missing an important engagement?
The teacher, John M. Azabache, was arrested after the girl’s family contacted police, and surrendered at Ossining Town Court on Friday afternoon. According to the girl, the couple allegedly had sexual relations twice between March and July, although not on school property.
Azabache pleaded not guilty to third-degree rape and posted $50,000 bail. At his arraignment, Justice Nancy Quinn Koba asked Azabache whether he understood the order of protection she was issuing to keep him away from his alleged victim, the would’ve-been bride, Amanda Rae DeLuccia and two members of her family. “They are witnesses to events after the fact,” Koba said of DeLuccia and the relatives named.
Defense lawyer Tony Castro said Azabache’s wedding to DeLuccia, originally scheduled for Friday, was canceled. Gee, ya think? The attorney would not say whether the cancellation had anything to do with his client’s criminal charges.…Continue Reading
OTHELLO, WA – A fifth-grade teacher in the small community of Othello has been accused of molesting one her 10-year-old male students.
The school district began an investigation on May 30 after receiving information from another teacher that Davis was engaging in activities that were “inappropriate or at least unprofessional,” said George Juarez, Othello School District superintendent. To be more specific, the 48-year-old married mother of three has been accused of molesting the boy in her 5th grade Scootney Springs Elementary classroom, and taking him to the movies alone.
The student would later confirm Davis touched him inappropriately both on campus and off, and Davis was placed on leave. She resigned weeks later, on June 18, before the investigations by the district and police were completed. Police investigated the allegations for a month before handing their findings over to the Adams County Prosecutor. ”We did refer it up as a child molestation case in the 1st degree. That’s what the information supports,” says Chief Steve Dunnagan.
The Prosecutor’s Office will now look at the information they’ve received and decide if there’s enough evidence to charge Davis with two counts of first-degree child molestation. …Continue Reading
Danbury, CT - A 12-year-old student at Broadview Middle School is facing attempted murder charges after police say he brought a knife to school with the intent to kill some of his classmates.
At around 12:30 p.m. Monday, on the last day of the school year, a teacher asked to search the unidentified boy’s backpack. I’ve read a few articles, but some of the details surrounding the teacher’s decision to search this particular boy’s backpack are unclear.
One article says that the boy had threatened some classmates in gym class, while another states the teacher simply felt that something was “off” with the boy. Regardless, when the boy was asked to hand over his backpack, he ran inside a bathroom and threw the knife out a window. When police questioned him later, he told them where the knife was.
None of the articles I read detail anything else the boy told police, but they seem quite confident that the boy brought the knife with the sole intention of harming other classmates.…Continue Reading
New York, NY – The third-grade boy’s mother has filed a $6 million lawsuit after her son was forced to perform oral sex on three students in his school’s bathroom last year. The suit alleges that the ringleader of the attack, a 5th-grader, was involved in an attack on a female student two years earlier.
According to the lawsuit, after the boy had finished his lunch at Public School 194 he was waiting in the hall for classes to resume. That’s when the fifth-grader and two third-graders pushed him into a bathroom stall were one boy held his hands behind his back while another forced him to his knees.
The three boys then forced the victim to perform oral sex on them. After they were done, the boy immediately reported the assault to a teacher while the accused bragged to everyone about what they had done. The teacher alerted a guidance counselor and principal Josephine Bazan, who called the boy’s mother.
Here’s where it gets even more messed up. The fifth-grader was involved in a sexual related attack two years prior, and had received no punishment whatsoever.…Continue Reading
The incident happened in an off-campus house rented by Andrea Rebello, her twin sister and two other students. Sometime around 2am, Rebello’s boyfriend went outside to move a car, reportedly to avoid a parking ticket. It was during this time that 30-year-old Dalton Smith, dressed in black and wearing a ski mask, entered the house. Smith, a parolee with an extensive rap sheet that includes attempted robbery, weapons possession, assault and being an all-around charming fella, was armed.
He ordered Rebello, her twin sister Jessica and a third woman onto a couch. He did the same to Rebello’s boyfriend when he returned and demanded valuables from the four. I’m going to go out on a limb at this point and say Dalton likely never went to college: he was unsatisfied with what the four produced. I don’t know how much you could expect to fleece a few college students for, but I wouldn’t have expected more than a few beers and some dental dams.…Continue Reading
Lawndale, CA - Surveillance cameras at a California high school captured 60-year-old Juan Gutierrez, a teacher’s aid, molesting a 16-year-old mentally challenged student, police say.
The incident reportedly took place on May 7th at Leuzinger High school when Gutierrez allegedly led the female victim into a stairwell where he touched her inappropriately over her clothing on her private parts.
The idiot had the foresight to do this in apparent plain view of other students who described the incident to the school principal. The principal alerted authorities and a formal investigation was launched resulting in Gutierrez’s arrest on Friday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department.
Sgt. Dan Scott of the Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Unit claims that a student who witnessed the event actually recorded it on his or her cell phone but then deleted it before it could be recovered by authorities. Regardless, the sick bastard’s deed was still captured by the school’s surveillance cameras.
The bold manner in which this vile perv went about molesting this girl, who reportedly has the mental capacity of an elementary school child, means there’s a high probability this is not the first time Gutierrez has touched a student inappropriately at the school. …Continue Reading
DALLAS, TX – Marlena Mints, a sex ed teacher and coach at Bessie Coleman Middle School, was arrested Wednesday morning after the 31-year-old was accused of having a sexual relationship with two of her students.
According to an arrest warrant, a 13-year-old student told another coach at the school that he’d had sexual contact with Mints. He said he was texting Mints one day and told her there was something wrong with his dick. Mints told him she would have to see it to know what was wrong with it, so he met Mints at the school where she examined the boy’s penis with her mouth.
The student would later tell police he has been allowed to touch her tits and ass on numerous occasions in her classroom in the presence of other students who were also allowed to do the same. Looking at her picture, I can just imagine these kids pawing on her as she excitedly exclaimed, “Ah ab godda ta neecho boke ooh neetah!”
A second student was also interviewed and he claimed he and Mints exchanged multiple messages via phone and the chat application Voxer, including Mints asking him if he liked white girls and initiating their first sexual encounter at her home in Cedar Hill.…Continue Reading
MARION, ID – On Monday, 14-year-old Braylee Rice hanged herself with a necktie on the bleachers located behind McCulloch Junior High School.
School officials said around 9:00 am Monday morning, Rice snuck away from the gym during a break from ISTEP testing, then used a necktie she regularly wore to hang herself on the bleachers near the track.
Some reports state no one saw Rice commit suicide, but Jennifer Smith says her seventh grade son was walking around the track with other students and a teacher when they saw her jump from the bleachers.
“They heard a noise and looked over at the bleachers and she had jumped,” said Smith, who also said Braylee came to school Monday with a piece of paper taped over her mouth with a smiley face drawn on the tape.
Police are still investigating a motive, but as is usually the case whenever a teen kills themselves, allegations of school bullying immediately reared its ugly head. Police and school officials have said it is too early in the investigation to pinpoint bullying as a factor in Rice’s death.…Continue Reading