A Collier County Public Schools employee was arrested Friday after police say she had sexual contact with 15-year-old students and provided them with alcohol, nicotine and marijuana.

Kristie Rosa, 27, of Naples, was charged with three counts of lewd or lascivious behavior – promote sexual activity with a victim less than 16, two counts of narcotic equipment or paraphernalia delivered to a minor, providing nicotine dispensing device to a minor and providing alcohol to someone under 21, according to a Collier County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

The sheriff’s office followed up on a report of inappropriate contact between a teaching assistant at Phoenix Alternative School and teenage students.

On Nov. 19, two students were interviewed separately at the Children’s Advocacy Center. Both said they had communicated with Rosa via Snapchat and each said they had sexual contact with her, the report states

The first student said that he and some of his classmates were talking to Rosa and asked if she smokes. He said she asked them for their Snapchat information and they communicated that way.

He said they arranged for Rosa to pick them up and take them to a party where Rosa provided them with alcohol. He said they all hung out with Rosa at the party and smoked marijuana, police said in the report.

The person who was having the party found out they were high school students and kicked them all out.

He said Rosa then took him and three other students back to her condo, and they went to her community pool where she became intimate with him, the report states.

He said she took them all home and he said she would bring them nicotine for their vaping devices by leaving it in the school bathroom for them to retrieve.

Another student who was interviewed said he had sex with Rosa, who was his teacher’s aid at the time.


A former volunteer assistant softball coach was arrested Monday on allegations she sexually abused students at the high school where she worked.

Madison D. Soper, 22, of Banks High School, in Banks, Oregon, faces charges of using a child in the display of sexually explicit conduct, online sexual corruption of a minor in the first degree, luring a minor, sexual abuse in the second degree and sexual abuse in the third degree.

According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, detectives searched Soper’s home near Banks as part of an investigation into ‘an inappropriate relationship between an adult and a minor’.

An honor-roll student during her senior year at Banks High, Soper was an all-state catcher who helped lead her school to the Class 4A title during her prep career.

She also starred on the Northwest Blaze, an all-star regional softball team that placed fourth at the 2015 18-and-and-under Amateur Softball Association national championships.

After high school, she went on to Helena, Montana, where she played softball for Carroll College.


Police have arrested a special education teacher in Florida for allegedly having sex with her son’s 15-year-old friend ‘several hundred times’.

Susan Weddle, 40, resigned on Monday from her position as a learning resource specialist at the J.E. Hall Center in Escambia County, a special needs school.

As part of the investigation, the Department of Children and Families interviewed the teenager who admitted to having sex with Weddle ‘hundreds of times’.

Before her role at the J.E. Hall Center, Weddle worked as a teacher at L.D. McArthur Elementary School.

News of the relationship came to light after a counselor from Tate High School reported the incident to the DCF.

They had been shown damning text messages sent between Weddle and the boy.

Another witness said the 15-year-old had shown him nude photos of the mother on his phone.

One witness was a contractor hired to pressure wash Weddle’s home who informed the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office of the two canoodling in April.

A former Muenster teacher arrested last year for having sex with two teen boys has avoided jail time in a plea deal with prosecutors.

Lynn Burge, 33, was given five years probation and a $2,500 fine for each offense, according to the District Attorney. She will have to surrender her teaching license. Burge will not have to register as a sex offender.

Burge pleaded guilty to two counts of improper relationship between an educator and a student. One count of online solicitation of a minor was dropped as part of the agreement.

An arrest warrant states Burge started in the fall of 2017 by sending nude pictures of herself to a 16-year-old boy through Snapchat. She then went “backroading” and drank alcohol with him before taking the student home to have sex.

In March 2018, she pulled the same routine with an 18-year-old male student.

She admitted to having sex with the 18-year-old, which is illegal because she was his teacher at the time. She admitted to almost everything the 16-year-old boy said happened, but told investigators she couldn’t remember if they had sex since she was also intoxicated at the time.

A 23-year-old substitute teacher at Pasadena Independent School District is facing charges after being accused of having sex with a 16-year-old male student in 2018.

Olivia Huerta substituted for a social science teacher at Sam Rayburn High School at some point between January and April of 2018, officials wrote in documents filed in court. During that time, police say she took a 16-year-old student to her parents’ house and had sex with him.

The allegations came to light when police say the teen admitted to a friend that he had sex with a teacher. The friend reported this to school administration, who then called authorities.

Cops showed him several photos and he was able to identify Huerta, KPRC reported.

She was arrested after reportedly admitting to having sex with the teenager when questioned by police.

Huerta also turned over her phone where inappropriate messaging were found with the student, police said.

‘Upon receiving the allegation, the administration at Sam Rayburn High School immediately notified district administration and the Pasadena ISD Police Department,’ school district officials wrote in a statement to KPRC.

‘The accused individual was promptly removed from campus and is no longer employed by Pasadena ISD.’

Nicholas Robert Godfrey, an 18-year-old senior at Fivay High School, about 40 miles north of Tampa, was charged with first-degree attempt to solicit murder, Pasco County Sheriff’s deputies said.

Detectives said they have messages Godfrey wrote on Instagram seeking a professional killer.

“I need a guy who could kill someone,” Godfrey allegedly wrote in one of the messages, offering $100,000 “for the guy’s head.”

“No joke, I need him eliminated as soon as possible.”

Even if Godfrey had no real intentions of killing the school staffer, the threat is itself a serious crime, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said.

“As the victim and their family, imagine getting that notification form the sheriff’s office, ‘Hey we need to protect you,’ ” Nocco told reporters on Friday. “This individual may have thought it was funny, maybe thought they were committing a joke. This is not a joke.”



A McFarland High School teacher sent sexually explicit text messages to a student telling him “I can’t breathe without you” and “I’m only yours,” according to a court document filed Tuesday.

Elvia Gonzalez was arrested on October 12 and charged with unlawful sexual intercourse and contacting a minor with the intent to commit a sexual offense.

Questioned by McFarland police, the student said he had sex with Gonzalez between 10 to 15 times, about half the time without protection, according to the document. He said they showered together at Gonzalez’s residence when her children were away.

The document provides more details in the case against Gonzalez, who was arrested Oct. 12, and how school officials learned of the alleged relationship between her and the student.

Gonzalez is charged with unlawful sexual intercourse and contacting a minor with the intent to commit a sexual offense.

The document says on Oct. 11 two McFarland High students appeared to be under the influence and, per school policy, officials confiscated their cellphones during the investigation. A staff member saw one student’s phone had a text message from “Elvia” asking if he wanted to get breakfast.

A Florida nanny has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy, later giving birth to his child, PEOPLE confirms.

Marissa Mowry was 22 years old when she was hired to watch the child in January 2014. She soon began to have sexual contact with him. According to court testimony, Mowry repeatedly sexually abused him without using protection. In the fall of 2014, she gave birth to the victim’s child, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

In 2017, the boy told his mother about the abuse. She contacted police, who conducted a DNA test which proved that the boy was the father of Mowry’s child, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

In September, Mowry pleaded guilty to multiple counts of sexual battery on a victim under the age of 12, according to WTVT.

On Wednesday, a judge sentenced her to 20 years in prison. After her release, she must complete 10 years of sex offender probation. She will be added to Florida’s sex offender registry, Bay News 9 reports.

The mother of a middle school student in the Oak Park community of Ventura County was arrested last week on allegations she provided alcohol and drugs to local high school students and engaged in sexual activity with them.

Amalia Utz, 47, from Oak Park, was arrested last Wednesday following a week-long investigation into ‘a rumor’ about a woman who had allegedly assaulted a 14-year-old boy back in September.

As part of the probe, the East County Investigations Bureau Major Crimes Sexual Assault Unit conducted interviews and learned of a second alleged victim, also age 14, from Thousand Oaks.

Utz, whose son is enrolled in Medea Creek Middle School in Oak Pak, is suspected of engaging in sexual acts with the two 14-year-olds and performing oral sex on a minor.

Oak Park Unified School District Superintendent Dr Tony Knight confirmed Utz’s arrest in a letter sent to parents last week, reported the station KCAL.

Utz was taken into custody after someone anonymously reported her alleged activities involving underage boys to the school district.

A woman met a young girl online and drove her more than 1,000 miles to South Carolina, where she sexually assaulted the child, according to federal investigators.

When FBI agents showed up at Katrina Aliff’s apartment in Greenville, she was only wearing a tank top and the girl was naked in her bed, according to investigators. Aliff is charged with kidnapping, child sex abuse and sex with a minor under 12.

Investigators said Aliff, 23, and the child met on the online app Amino. When the girl’s father found their conversations, he took away the girl’s phone, according to the FBI. The two continued to talk on a tablet, and Aliff and the girl made plans for the woman to pick up the child near her home in South Saint Paul, Minnesota, and take her back to South Carolina.
Aliff drove more than 1,000 miles and picked the girl up at about 2 a.m. Sept. 7 and the two drove back to Greenville, according to court filings.

As they left South Saint Paul, the FBI said, Aliff tried to destroy her phone by putting it in a cup of coffee so police could not track her location.

When the phone was still working, the girl ”in an effort to assist with the destruction of the cellular telephone stabbed the telephone multiple times with a knife. Upon completion, the cellular telephone was placed back into coffee where it became non-functional.”

Once back at Aliff’s apartment in Greenville, she sexually assaulted the young girl, officials said. Police showed up at the apartment the day after the kidnapping, found the child and arrested Aliff, according to court filings.

The federal judge ordered a mental health evaluation on Aliff after the arrest. Prosecutors filed an indictment Tuesday, federal court records show.

Federal prison records show Aliff is being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York.

McClatchy news group has reached out to Aliff’s attorneys for comment.

A former Madison County teacher, who is accused of sexting two students and having sex with one of them, has been indicted on five criminal charges.

Lyndsey Sherrod Bates, formerly a special education teacher at Madison County High School, could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of a felony charge of engaging in a sex act with a student younger than 19. She is also charged with misdemeanor counts of distributing obscene material to a student and having sexual contact with a student, according to the indictment issued Friday.

The 22-year-old resigned her position and was arrested earlier this year.

“She’s looking forward to clearing this up and having her day in court,” said defense attorney Robert Tuten.

For now Bates still has a teaching certificate, according to the Alabama State Department of Education.

“Alleged misconduct has been reported to the Department,” state education department records state. “(A)t this time, the Department has not proposed any negative action against the individual’s certification or licensure; this status will be updated as soon as possible.”

Bates is accused of having sex with a 17-year-old male student, an investigator wrote in court records. She’s also accused of sending explicit photos to the 17-year-old and a second student, records state. Information about the second student’s age isn’t included in public court filings. Prosecutors have said both students were at least 16 years old, and neither was in special education classes.

A ninth grade high school student has been arrested and charged with assault in Atlanta after he was filmed savagely beating a teacher who tried to stop him fighting with another classmate.

The teacher, identified online as Mr. Robinson, was hospitalized after the attack at Frederick Douglass High School on October 7, school officials said.

Cell phone footage captured by a student inside the classroom shows a teenage boy standing over Robinson, repeatedly punching him in the head as the educator lay curled up on the floor, with a hand extend in an effort to soften the flurry of blows.

Other educators are seen bursting through the door moments later, rushing to Robinson’s aid by tackling his attacker to the floor and restraining him on the ground.

A California mother has admitted to having sex with two of her teenage daughters’ friends, who were schoolboys aged 14 and 15 at the time.

In 2017, Blain was charged with 21 counts related to the sexual abuse of two boys. Among the counts are oral copulation, sexual intercourse and showing pornography to a child.

According to prosecutors, the abuse began in September 2017 against a 15-year-old boy. Then, during the first week of October 2017, detectives believe Blain began molesting a 14-year-old boy.

She could receive up to four years in prison after pleading guilty to 21 felony offenses in California last Tuesday.

Prosecutors say the abuse began in September 2017 against a 15-year-old boy before she began molesting a 14-year-old boy in the first week of October 2017.

One of the victims said they had sex with the predator three times, the last time on October 5, 2017, but stopped the sordid meetings because of feelings of guilt towards Lytle’s husband.

Lytle used to pick up the victims in her car from parks and even from the boys’ own homes after she asked one of the victims to sneak out at night.

She took the victim back to her house and sexually abused him, before dropping him back at his home at around 5am.

The sexual abuse was reportedly uncovered when one of the victims’ parents found nudes on the boy’s phone that Lytle had sent to him.

The woman blamed her behavior on low self-esteem and the death of her sister, which she said had left her feeling depressed.

Records show that Lytle’s husband filed divorce paperwork within days of her arrest. She now reportedly goes by the surname Blain.

An elementary school teacher and mother of three from Mississippi intentionally drove her SUV into a lake with her two-year-old daughter in the car, police say.

On September 21, 34-year-old Cari Campbell Cullum allegedly backed her SUV off a boat ramp at the Columbus Lock and Dam with her toddler daughter inside.

Authorities at the Columbus Police Department don’t believe it was an accident.

Police Chief Fred Shelton said: ‘This is a tragic case and we believe this was not an accident.’

According to a press release from Columbus Information Officer Joe Dillon, Cullum is the mother of three children. The press release states police believe she intentionally drove her vehicle into Columbus Lake with her youngest child inside the vehicle.

“Following a detailed investigation, we have charged Ms. Cullum with attempted murder. This is a tragic case, and we believe this was not an accident. Our investigation continues into the incident. Her children are in the care of another person at this time,” Shelton said in the press release.

When police arrived, Cullum and her daughter had already been pulled from the car by a friend. The friend told police he had to break a car window to remove the pair. The incident was called into 911 at 3:19 a.m. on Sept. 21, according to the press release.

The press release states the car was in the water on the boat ramp at the Columbus Lake off Wilkins Wise Road when the CPD and Columbus Fire and Rescue officials arrived. The car had been backed into the lake. Police are not saying how much of the car was submerged.

An employee with a Pasco County middle school is accused of sending an inappropriate video on social media to a 14-year-old boy.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, a Chasco Middle School secretary sent a Snapchat video exposing herself to the boy. Deputies charged 25-year-old Heather Matheison for submitting electronic transmission material harmful to minors.

Matheison told deputies she was aware of the boy’s age when she sent the video, according to an affidavit.

A 31-year-old Geneva woman Lindsay P. Anderson, faces prison after admitting to sexually assaulting and abusing two of her former students from Carpentersville Middle School.

Authorities said the former high school coach was a teacher at Carpentersville Middle School in Carpentersville, Illinois when she groomed her teenage victims with gifts and drugs before engaging in sexual relationships with both of them between 2013 and May 2015.

According to prosecutors, Anderson sexually assaulted two male students between July 2013 and May 2015. Anderson knew both victims from when she was employed at Carpentersville Middle School but was not their teacher when the assaults took place, prosecutors said.

Elyes Castillo, 45, is charged with aggravated sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, witness tampering and having sex while she had a venereal disease without the informed consent of the alleged victim, the criminal complaint says.

Police found out about the alleged abuse after Castillo got into a fiery argument last month with her own children who are aged 13 and 14.

The confrontation became so heated that the children’s father contacted child protective services and told them that Castillo had allegedly abused them.

Police then started investigating sex abuse claims.

The boy told investigators that he met Castillo last year when he was in the sixth grade.

In the complaint, the boy said he and Castillo had encounters on multiple occasions at Castillo’s Pavonia Avenue residence, with the last incident occurring on Aug. 2, and that they performed multiple sex acts. A warrant for her arrest was signed on Aug. 29 and she was then taken into custody.

A 23-year-old high school health teacher from Wisconsin has been accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy over a period of several months.

Talia Jo Warner from Lake Elmo, Minnesota, faces a multitude of charges some nine months after officials at Somerset High School, near Minneapolis, were first made aware of the allegations.

A Somerset High School health teacher who drove a 15-year-old student from a sporting event to her Minnesota home allegedly to rape him faces seven felonies relating to sexual misconduct that spanned the final three months of 2018, according to a criminal complaint filed in St. Croix County Circuit Court.

Warner’s charged with second-degree sexual assault of a child, use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, child enticement, causing a child older than 13 to view sexual activity, two counts of exposing genitals, pubic area or intimate parts to a child and exposing a child to harmful material, according to court records.

A Kentucky teacher has been charged with raping her 15-year-old student.

Twenty-three-year-old Kendall Burk was a biology teacher at Grant County High School. The sheriff says she began a relationship with one of her 15-year-old male students at the end of last school year and it turned sexual over the summer.

Burk graduated from the University of Kentucky just a couple of years ago. On Wednesday, she was booked into the Grant County Jail on four counts of rape and four counts of sodomy, which, by Kentucky statute, can mean oral sex. The school district said this all happened very quickly. A student Wednesday told a teacher; the teacher told the administration. Following a quick investigation, the administration told the sheriff’s office.

“Our deputies, at that point, once they were alerted, interviewed some other students who had made the allegations and worked backwards, interviewing the victim as well as the teacher,” said Grant County Sheriff Brian Mains.

An employee at Ferry Pass Middle School has been arrested on several drug charges.

An arrest report says 44-year-old Mary Katherine Sams Mundy was pulled over during a traffic stop on July 29.

According to the report, deputies with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office found numerous bags of what they believed to be narcotics on the floorboard.

Court documents say the suspected narcotics tested positive for heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.

The report adds that a backpack was found carrying approximately 20 unopened syringes, along with a silver plastic bag with a small amount of marijuana.

Deputies added that Mundy’s driver’s license had expired in July. She told deputies that she did have an up-to-date license, but it wasn’t with her at the time.

Mundy has been charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription (heroin), possession of a controlled substance without a prescription (methamphetamine), possession of a controlled substance without a prescription (a Buprenorphine Hydrochloride 8 milligram pill), possession of cocaine, and a traffic violation.

A newlywed Florida private school teacher has been arrested after police claim she had sex with a 15-year-old student on numerous occasions and sent him sexually explicit pictures of herself over Instagram.

Bradenton police said they were made aware of the claims against Kassandra Moore, 31, back in April when they were contacted by the Broach School, where she worked as a teacher.

Authorities were provided with a copy of a conversation thread shared between Moore and the alleged teen victim over Instagram, prompting an investigation.

The interaction initially started with questions about a homework assignment but soon messages of a ‘flirtatious manner’ were exchanged back-and-forth, an affidavit shows.

‘I wanted to just grab you and kiss you, but I didn’t want to make the first move and you reject me,’ one message sent by Moore reportedly reads.

Police also spoke to the recipient of the messages, who is said to have shown them several screenshots of ‘lewd selfie-style’ pictures that Moore had sent to him, showing her in lingerie with her ‘body parts exposed and posed in a sexual manner’.

The teenage boy also confessed to detectives the pair had arranged to meet in several locations – including Moore’s car, at school after hours, and at the G.T. Bray Park – where they engaged in sexual acts.

Their apparent relationship ended when one of the student’s friends informed the principal of the inappropriate on-goings.

However, when approached by detectives, Moore allegedly attempted to coerce a colleague into providing a false alibi for her, as well as messaging a former student to ask how to remotely delete messages and images from another person’s phone.

At first her colleague is said to have considered lying to police to protect Moore, but later instead agreed to assist the investigation when they learned of t

A Fort Pierce Central High School criminal justice teacher has been accused of stealing more than $3,000 from her students and $512 from the school.

Sharonda Johnson, 47, of the 5500 block of Northwest Scepter Drive, Port St. Lucie, was arrested on nine grand theft charges, two petty theft charges and two charges of tampering with a witness.

In March, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office deputies said they went to the high school after a school resource deputy and bookkeeper called them accusing Johnson of stealing money during two school fundraisers.

The bookkeeper told deputies Johnson was in charge of a candy fundraiser for which $2,080 worth of candy was bought, but the school was reimbursed $1,740.

In another fundraiser, school officials said Johnson collected money for shirts, but didn’t deliver shirts to 10 students. School officials said they spoke to eight of the 10 students who all said they paid Johnson for the shirts, but didn’t get them.

Between March and May, Johnson is accused of taking between $100 and $400 from each of 10 students, students told deputies.

Multiple students told deputies Johnson collected money for a competition field trip and then told students either the trip was canceled when it wasn’t, or told them they weren’t ready for the competition and shouldn’t go.

The school’s bookkeeper told deputies none of the 10 students who said they paid Johnson for the field trip were noted by the school as having paid for it.

A Florida woman has been charged with molesting a teenage girl while she was a church youth leader.

Heather Matuszek, 32, was arrested Wednesday on two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of the young member of the Clearwater Community Church, near Tampa Bay.

Detectives say between August 2014 and April 2015 Heather Matuszek, 32, inappropriately touched an underage girl who was in her youth group at the Clearwater Community Church.

Matuszek was 28 at the time, and the victim was 15.

The now 19-year-old victim told authorities on two separate occasions Matuszek spent the night in her bed. Each time, the victim alleges Matuszek kissed her face and rubbed her arms, body and breasts over her clothing, according to the sheriff’s office.

The victim further claims that additional incidents happened outside of Pinellas County. They are set to be investigated by police.

Meanwhile, Matuszek has been released on $40,000 bail and is due to return to court.

Matuszek is no longer associated with Clearwater Community Church.

According to her LinkedIn account, she is the owner/ operator of a Chick-fil-A near Tampa, a position she has held since 2016.

The fast-food franchise, which is closed on Sundays for religious observance, has previously garnered controversy after its CEO made a series of public comments opposing same sex marriage.

A Volusia County woman was charged with child abuse after police said she was caught on surveillance camera tossing around children at a day care.

Police said 65-year-old Katherine Weitz was abusing toddlers she was supposed to be taking care of at Dream City Academy in Ormond Beach.

“There was shaking (and) a couple of kids being smacked during nap time,” said Keith Walker of the Ormond Beach Police Department. “Some of the kids, she palmed the back of their heads with her hands and pushed them face forward in their cots.”

The office manager heard children crying and checked the surveillance footage and saw the abuse, police said.

Officials said it was Weitz’s third day on the job as a full-time employee.

Parents said they were outraged when they learned of the incident.

“We found over 30 incidents that could be considered child abuse to at least four different children,” Walker said.

Police said Weitz told them that she woke up with a headache and thought about calling in sick, but instead went to work where she had no patience with the children.

Police said Weitz passed a background check before she was hired.

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The Windham Board of Education holds a special meeting, voting to take action against it’s own Superintendent who’s accused of having sex with one student, and attempting to have sex with another. The educator also once taught English in Campbell and Western Reserve Schools.

Meanwhile, some parents are concerned that little information was provided by the school district — and they’re worried there may be other victims out there.

At 7:00 AM a special meeting of the Windham Board of Education was called to order. By just one minute after, members of the board had moved behind closed doors and into executive session.

They voted to discuss the employment status of school Superintendent 35-year-old Laura Amero who was recently indicted by a Portage County Grand Jury for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old male student in 2017. She’s also accused of attempting to have sex with another male student while she was the Principal in the district two times between 2015 and 2017 when he was 16 and 17-years-old.

Amero is officially charged with: Two counts each of Sexual Battery and Attempted Sexual Battery and One Count of Intimidation of a Witness.

It took the Board of Education just 13 minutes to emerge and unanimously vote to suspend Amero without pay pending the outcome of her criminal case.

She was previously on paid administrative leave since the start of the investigation and she’s been ordered to have no contact with the victims and to stay away from all juveniles while under indictment.

The President of the School Board says Amero has been the Superintendent since February, and prior to that she has been a Principal in the district since 2015. He says the district had done all the necessary steps to check her background.

Windham Board of Education President Darryl McGuire says, “Of course we did our due diligence. Even when we hired her, we even had a lot of experience with her from 2015 as a Principal. Of course we didn’t see any of that or have any indication of any wrong doing — until the allegations came fourth.”

Dominique Hardwick, the mother of one Windham student says she only heard about the investigation from her son. The school didn’t send anything home until a few days ago.

“I just feel like that was something that we should have been notified about immediately,” Hardwick said.

The mother of three feels the school needs to address what’s happened with all the students.

“It needs to be addressed to make sure there aren’t any other victims,” Hardwick said.

Amero is free on a $350,000 bond, she has previously declined comment and referred us to her attorney who has not responded at this point.

Her next court hearing is set for May 31st.

Giving 50% for not doing the work is the best way to create more stupid ass idiots that will end up voting democrat.

Florida teacher Diane Tirado doesn’t believe in giving credit where it’s not due. The school she used to work at apparently does.

Tirado says she was fired from her job at a Port St. Lucie K-8 school because she insisted on giving students zeros if they didn’t turn in an assignment.

She told WPTV that she assigned an explorer notebook project and gave students two weeks to turn it in. Several students failed to do so.

In Tirado’s mind, no work should mean no credit. But then she checked the West Gate student and parent handbook. Below the chart detailing the score requirements for letter grades, there was a line in red ink.


Tirado said she asked administrators what the score should be if a student doesn’t turn anything in.

“We give them a 50,” she was told.

“I go, ‘Oh, we don’t.’ This isn’t kosher,” Tirado said.

What happened next might also qualify as not being kosher. Tirado was fired on Sept. 14.

The principal sent her a letter, but it did not mention the reason for her termination because Tirado was still in her probationary period.


CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. – Clayton County Schools said it is investigating what led to a teacher getting into a fight with a student. The incident, which was caught on camera, happened at Charles Drew High School in Riverdale after the student threw a desk at the teacher. The video then shows the teacher push the high schooler to the floor and repeatedly punch the student. On Monday night, the student and his legal guardian spoke to Channel 2’s Matt Johnson. They showed him medical documents that say the punches led to a concussion. “That didn’t look like restraining him to me, it looked like you beat my child,” said Yaquanda Lewis. Lucas said the football coach supervising the class made a joke about the student’s stocking cap that involved his recently deceased mother. “He had his hat on and his stocking and he said the teacher said, ‘Quit cutting up your momma’s stockings and wearing them on your head.’ He said he was picking on him, trying to make the class laugh, and that made him upset,” Lucas said