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Teacher Sentenced for Sex With 13-Year-Old

Brittany Zamora lashed out in a written statement

(Newser) - An Arizona teacher was sentenced Friday to 20 years behind bars—the lightest possible punishment—for having sex with a 13-year-old student, the Arizona Republic reports. Brittany Zamora, 28, expressed remorse in the Maricopa County courtroom, but her attorney appeared to blame the boy in a news conference after the... More »

Boy With Autism Wins School Award —Then, Outrage

'Most annoying' was no compliment, say parents

(Newser) - Indiana's Akalis Castejon was proud to receive a trophy topped with a gold star at a fifth grade awards luncheon at Bailly Preparatory Academy in Gary last month. His parents, however, were peeved. While other students received awards for "best student," "most improved," and "... More »

District Fires Teacher Who Reported Students to Trump

Texas teacher thought her tweets were private

(Newser) - Fort Worth high school English teacher Georgia Clark thought she was sending private messages to President Trump when she asked him to remove the "illegals" in the public school system—but the Twitter messages were public, and she has now lost her job over them. The Fort Worth Independent... More »

School Goes on Lockdown, Then the Surprising Arrest

Biology teacher in Massachusetts accused of planting ammo, then calling it in

(Newser) - An all-too familiar scene unfolded at Southbridge High School in Massachusetts Thursday morning when the school went on lockdown. This case would prove unusual, however: Hours after the discovery of live ammo, police said they'd found the surprise culprit—the very teacher who called in the scare. The details... More »

Dad Vents About Teacher. Now 16K Want Her Fired

Chris Piland's frustration triggers a Change.org petition

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania dad's frustration has boiled over and put his son's math teacher in the hot seat, Fox News reports. On Tuesday, Chris Piland posted a Facebook photo of his son's second-grade math assignment with a comment from the teacher: "Absolutely pathetic. He answered 13 in... More »

He Gives Most of His Income to His Students. He Just Won $1M

Kenya's Peter Tabichi just won 'world's best teacher' from Varkey Foundation

(Newser) - Peter Tabichi is a science and math teacher in one of the poorest schools in Kenya, and he gives away the majority of his paycheck to help his community and students at the Keriko secondary school in Pwami. The 36-year-old Franciscan friar just got those funds back, and then some:... More »

She Read the Fine Print. And Got an Easy $10K

High School teacher Donelan Andrews scores for being diligent

(Newser) - A Florida travel insurance company has awarded a Georgia high school teacher $10,000 for reading the fine print in a policy she recently purchased, the AP reports. A Squaremouth statement says Donelan Andrews claimed the prize 23 hours after the contest began. The St. Petersburg-based company says it launched... More »

Teacher Chops Waist-Long Hair for Bullied Girl

'You can look any way and still be true to yourself'

(Newser) - Shannon Grimm misses her waist-length hair, but she says chopping it off was a small price to pay for brightening a child's life. The kindergarten teacher at Meador Elementary School in Houston noticed students were teasing a girl in her class about her short hair, saying it made her... More »

Authorities Not Sure What Kind of Animal Killed Elderly Teacher

DNA testing is underway to find out what attacked 77-year-old Brenda Hamilton in NC

(Newser) - Sad news out of North Carolina, where authorities are trying to figure out what animal killed an elderly English teacher. The New York Daily News reports on the death of 77-year-old Brenda Hamilton, who was found by paramedics Friday in Pantego after a 911 call came in shortly before 6am,... More »

Kentucky Teacher Filmed Dragging Disabled Child Is Charged

Trina Abrams allegedly dragged autistic 9-year-old through school hallways

(Newser) - A Kentucky teacher is facing assault charges after video surfaced of her dragging a child with disabilities through school hallways in October. Trina Abrams, identified by the child's family as a resource teacher in Wurtland Elementary's special needs program, had already been "removed from the school" after... More »

Teacher Acquitted After Feeding Live Puppy to Turtle

Robert Crosland was accused of animal cruelty in Idaho

(Newser) - A junior high biology teacher who made national headlines for feeding a live puppy to a snapping turtle has been cleared of criminal wrongdoing. Robert Crosland was acquitted by a jury in Preston, Idaho, of animal cruelty charges, reports USA Today . Crosland has maintained from the start that he thought... More »

She Was Teaching in Thailand. Suddenly, She Couldn't Move

Family of 22-year-old Caroline Bradner trying to get her home after Guillain-Barre syndrome diagnosis

(Newser) - Caroline Bradner traveled nearly 9,000 miles to "teach English, to travel, and make a difference in this world." Now the family of the 22-year-old Virginian is trying to get her home after she was suddenly stricken by a rare disorder that left her paralyzed from the neck... More »

Cops: Teacher Chopped Kid's Hair While Singing Anthem

Margaret Gieszinger allegedly wouldn't take no for an answer

(Newser) - A California teacher is behind bars with bail set at $100,000 after she allegedly followed through on what students thought was a teasing offer of "free haircuts." Police were called to Visalia's University Preparatory High School on Wednesday in response to an Instagram video that appeared... More »

Cops Say Mom Killed Ex's Girlfriend While Kids Looked On

Chelsea Watrous Cook, a Utah high school teacher, is accused of murder

(Newser) - Police say a Utah woman shot and killed her ex-husband's girlfriend in front of the former couple's children. Authorities say 32-year-old Chelsea Watrous Cook came to her former husband's suburban Salt Lake City apartment to deliver cold medicine to one of their 3-year-old twins Sunday night.... More »

He Went to See the View, Hasn't Been Seen Since

NC's Patrick Braxton-Andrew vanished in Mexico on Oct. 28

(Newser) - For Patrick Braxton-Andrew, Mexico's Copper Canyon was a major draw. "The way he tried to sell it to me was that it was way bigger than the Grand Canyon but not visited by as many people," his brother, Kerry, tells the Washington Post . The fellow native of... More »

He Asked a Student to Leave. Then Fists Started Flying

GoFundMe for Marston Riley raises $75K after he got into fight with teen

(Newser) - A high school music teacher in California was arrested Friday and charged with child abuse after he got into a physical fight with a 14-year-old student who verbally provoked him in class. USA Today has cellphone video of the incident at Maywood Academy High School, where 64-year-old Marston Riley can... More »

Teacher Who Said Stephen Miller Ate Glue Is Suspended

California's Nikki Fiske spilled some details about her former 'loner' 3rd-grade student

(Newser) - Some found a recent story about White House senior aide Stephen Miller hilarious ; others condemn it as "reprehensible." The Los Angeles Times reports the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, meanwhile, is trying to figure out exactly what it's going to do about Nikki Fiske, a longtime teacher... More »

Missing Teacher's Death Ruled a Suicide

Kristin Westra's body was found in Maine woods

(Newser) - A tragic end to a missing-person case in Maine that perplexed authorities : The medical examiner's office has determined that a body found near the home of Kristin Westra is that of the 47-year-old schoolteacher, who disappeared Oct. 1, and that she died by suicide, NBC Maine reports. The body... More »

Teacher Says She Got Fired for Giving Zeros

Diane Tirado refused to follow the 'no zero' policy

(Newser) - Should students get something for nothing? Diane Tirado doesn't think so, and claims she got fired for it. The 52-year-old teacher says West Gate K-8 School in Port St. Lucie, Fla., let her go when she refused to give students a half-credit for handing in nothing, CBS 12 reports.... More »

Ex-Teacher 'Didn't Know' Sex With Student Was a Crime

Letourneau thinks she was wrongfully imprisoned for sex with 12-year-old

(Newser) - Mary Kay Letourneau now works as a paralegal, but the former Seattle schoolteacher apparently didn't know much about law in the 1990s. She told an Australian TV station Sunday that when she had sex with 12-year-old student Vili Fualaau, she had no idea it was a crime, Fox reports.... More »

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