Condom, Booze Basket Gets Teacher Fired
She denies giving students naughty prom gift
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 17, 2013 5:24 PM CDT
Condoms.   (Bret Hartman /AP Images for AIDS Healthcare Foundation)

(Newser) – Dear high school students: If your teacher rents a penthouse suite for you, and buys you a gift basket that happens to include booze and condoms, posting about it on social media is a very bad way to thank her. The Miami-Dade school board yesterday voted to fire a dance teacher who allegedly did all of that, ignoring the recommendation of an administrative law judge who suggested she be reinstated, the Miami Herald reports.

Isabel Diaz-Almaraz has been suspended since last year, after she rented a penthouse for 15 students the weekend after prom. She also helped a student make a "gift display with rose petals and mints for his girlfriend," the judge said. Diaz-Almaraz denies providing condoms or alcohol, but both were visible in an image of a gift basket one student posted to Instagram with the caption, "Thank you, Mrs. D!!!" Diaz-Almaraz says the students paid for the room; she just let them do it through her PayPal account.

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Terri Horn
Mar 19, 2014 9:42 AM CDT
This was extreme bad judgment but wait till all evidence is in. If she allowed them to rent under her name it shows poor judgment. Also someone calls her a pedophile. Where does it say she had sex with any of her students. NOWHERE. A pedophile is someone who preys on young children, in most states once you hit 15 or sixteen you can not be jailed for having sex with someone that age. I did my dissertation on this subject..It is wrong anyway you look at it but do not villify anyone before they have had a chance to prove their innocence and if she did provide the baskets, was not there herself it shows extremely poor judgement but it does not make her a pedophile.
Oct 18, 2013 10:55 AM CDT
How did I know it was going to be Florida?
Oct 18, 2013 6:08 AM CDT
Never trust someone with a hyphenated last name. There's always a character defect lurking down there somewhere, even if its only an exaggerated sense of self importance.