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Health teacher accused of sexual contact with student, placed on leave

Jill Lamontagne, a health teacher at Kennebunk High School in Maine, has been placed on leave after a 17-year-old student who was hospitalized after a suspected suicide attempt said he'd had sexual contact with the married teacher.

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The Portland Press-Herald reports the student, whose name is being withheld, admitted the sexual contact to a family member last month, as well as to a registered nurse and a psychiatrist. At the time, the victim reportedly said he was “so sorry for all the bad things he did.” The victim’s family then contacted the school, triggering Lamontagne’s administrative leave on June 12, according to the report.

The mother of the victim also sought and received a protective order in court to keep the pair apart. A Biddeford District Court judge granted a two-year protection order.

>> Teacher accused of sex with 4 students, including 2 at same time, now faces 21 charges

Details of the alleged contact between the two — which reportedly had been rumor for some time in Kennebunk High School, where Lamontagne taught and the student attended classes — came to light in the court filing.

The victim and Lamontagne allegedly engaged in “a number” of sex acts, the student said. The Journal-Tribune reports that the student said he “loved” Lamontagne but that he also felt “used” by the teacher. He said the pair met in Lamontagne’s house, classroom and car.

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In court documents, the victim said he did not come forward earlier because he wanted to continue the relationship and did not want Lamontagne to go to jail.

Teacher accused of sex with 4 students, including 2 at same time, now faces 21 charges

A Texas kindergarten teacher and mother of two is now facing 21 charges after she allegedly had sex with four high school students – including two at the same time – and sent them explicit messages on Snapchat, according to the Lufkin Daily News and Daily Mail.

>> Teacher allegedly had sex with 4 students, including 2 at same time

>> Teacher accused of sex with 2 students at same time could face more charges

Heather Lee Robertson, 38, was indicted Thursday and faces six charges of improper relationship between educator and student and 15 charges of sexual assault. She was initially charged with four counts of improper relationship between educator and student.

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KTRE reported in May that an investigation into Robertson’s relationships began on April 20 after police received a tip. One student told authorities he and a friend had a threesome with the teacher, and two other boys admitted to having sex with her multiple times. According to the affidavit, Robertson admitted to the allegations, saying she had sex with one of the students four times between late last year and this spring. The affidavit also said Robertson claimed she didn't remember the details of each instance because she had been drinking heavily. 

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Oklahoma university removing Bibles, crosses from campus after complaint

A university in Oklahoma is removing crosses, Bibles and other religious paraphernalia from its on-campus chapel after getting a complaint from a Washington, D.C.-based group that advocates for the separation of church and state.

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East Central University President Katricia Pierson said Thursday in a statement obtained by The Associated Press that the school is “looking at the feasibility” of removing the cross on the steeple of the Kathryn P. Boswell Memorial Chapel on top of its move to take items from inside the chapel.

“We will continue to use the building as we always have, for all faiths,” Pierson said. “We do not want to presume to embrace one faith over another. We support all cultures and attempt to make them feel comfortable when they are here.”

She said there were only a few items that needed to be removed from the building.

Americans United for the Separation of Church and State said in a three-page letter received by university officials June 20 that the university was violating federal law by displaying “permanent religious iconography” on its campus, The Ada News reported.

“While it is legal for a public university to have a space that can be used by students for religious worship, so long as that space is not dedicated solely to that purpose, it is a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to display religious iconography on government property,” the group said in its letter, which was obtained by The Ada News. “Please remove or cover the religious displays and items.”

Pierson said that the university is looking at its options for preserving the removed items.

The Kathryn P. Boswell Memorial Chapel opened in 1957. According to East Central University officials, the chapel was a gift from a man named S.C. Boswell, who gifted the chapel in memory of his wife. It was intended for use by all religious groups on campus.

Ada is about 70 miles southeast of Oklahoma City.

Catholic school teacher who had sexual relationship with student sentenced to 1 year in jail

A former Canadian Catholic school teacher will spend one year in jail after reportedly having a sexual relationship with a student.

According to the CBC, Christina Albini, a former teacher at Christ the King Catholic Elementary School in Windsor, Ontario, pleaded guilty to touching the body of a person under the age of 16 for a sexual purpose. She would regularly pick the boy up and take him to her home to have sex with him, the CBC reported.

>> Substitute teacher accused of sex with student

Albini sent nude photos of herself to him on a cellphone she bought for him, authorities said, according to the Windsor Star and Daily Mail. Authorities said the boy’s mother eventually discovered the phone and the photos and notified police, who reportedly also found receipts for gifts Albini had bought the boy, including an Xbox and clothes.

Albini was initially arrested in July and was additionally charged with possession of child pornography, accessing child pornography and making sexually explicit material available to a person under 16. Those charges were later dropped. Her sentence includes three years of probation following her release and a 20-year requirement to register as a sex offender.

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“She’s frightened to go to jail,” said Albini's lawyer, Patrick Ducharme, the CBC reported. “But it’s the type of crime that the government insisted that it’s serious enough that people have to go to jail and she accepts that.”

In addition to jail time and probation, a justice of the peace imposed bail conditions upon Albini that would make it nearly impossible for her to teach again, as they prohibit her from being in the company of any males under the age of 16.

Dying mom gets to watch her daughter graduate from hospital bed

Ten months ago, during her last year at Champlain Valley Technical Center in Plattsburgh, New York, Samantha Parrotte’s mother got sick. What was assumed to be a little rash ended up progressing, and Patricia Parrotte was eventually diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer and a rare autoimmune disease.

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Samantha started to struggle with balancing her mom being sick and school. Her dad gave her the option to take a break from school, but Samantha refused.

“She stepped up to the plate,” Todd Parrotte told WPTZ NewsChannel 5. “She busted her butt, and she excelled to make her mother and myself very proud.”

Her mom’s condition worsened, though, and she wasn’t expected to live to Samantha’s graduation day.

It was Patricia’s wish to be able to see her daughter graduate, so Champlain Valley Technical Center and Saranac Community Schools worked together to perform a graduation ceremony at the hospital in Vermont. Samantha walked into her mom’s hospital room in her cap and gown with the graduation tune playing the background, and both her mom and dad got to watch the special graduation.

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“I went in there and like, all of a sudden, my mom was back, you know, not having the cancer affecting her,” Samantha said.

Two days later, Patricia passed away.

Two weeks after her mom died, Samantha put on her cap and gown for a second time and graduated again. She walked across the stage during CV Tech’s graduation ceremony last Tuesday and accepted her diploma for the school’s allied health program.

“I know that she is still with me, you know, and she would want me to go to my ceremonies with my class,” Samantha said.

What she didn’t know, though, was the surprise the school had in store. She was named this year’s recipient of her program’s student excellence award.

“I couldn’t be more proud of her,” Todd said. “I know my wife is very proud also.”

Substitute teacher accused of sex with student

A 24-year-old former substitute teacher in Monett, Missouri, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student.

>> Middle school substitute teacher accused of sexually assaulting student

According to the Monett Times, Loryn Barclay was arrested Sunday and charged with four counts of sexual contact with a student by a teacher. Barclay started as substitute teacher in fall 2016, and she was hired as a paraprofessional in November. As of April 27, she was relieved of her duties.

>> Teacher accused of sexual contact with 3 students

“When we became aware of potential involvement with a student, we followed all procedures by informing the Children’s Division,” Monett superintendent Brad Hanson told The Monett Times. “We had a conversation with her, and she was not employed from then on. We learned about it the day of her exit as an employee. We dealt with it swiftly.”

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In early May, Barclay allegedly told an officer with the Monett Police Department that she “had an inappropriate relationship” with a student while employed as a substitute teacher. According to the affidavit, she told officer Jay Jastal that she had intercourse with the student twice at his family’s home in Barry County and had oral sex with him in a car at a park in Lawrence County.

>> Teacher accused of improper relationship with student smiles in mugshot

The student allegedly admitted to having intercourse and oral sex with the one-time teacher on multiple occasions.

“The district followed all compliance issues and followed through with everything we needed to do, and now, we’ll let the legal side do its work,” Hanson told the paper.

>> Teacher allegedly had sex with 4 students, including 2 at same time

She faces charges in both counties.

Jastal, who serves as school resource officer, was tipped off about the relationship in April.

Barclay met a $25,000 bond and was released Sunday night. A hearing is scheduled for July 24.

Charges in Barry County, where the student’s home is located, were filed on Monday, and a warrant was issued for Barclay with a cash-only bond of $10,000.

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Middle school substitute teacher accused of sexually assaulting student

A 27-year-old middle school substitute teacher in Elizabeth, New Jersey, is accused of engaging in sexual acts in her car with a studentCBS News reports.

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According to the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Nataly Lopez has been charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault and third-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

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She allegedly performed sexual acts in her car on two occasions with a male student and is also accused of exchanging sexually explicit messages with him online, Union County Assistant Prosecutor Meghan Tomlinson said. The age of the student has not been released.

>> Teacher accused of sexual contact with 3 students

Lopez was arrested on Thursday and was held in jail pending her first court appearance. The school district immediately banned Lopez from its campus as soon as they became aware of the allegations, according to Elizabeth Schools Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer, NJ.com reported.

>> Teacher accused of improper relationship with student smiles in mugshot

“Law enforcement and social service agencies were notified, as was the substitute’s employer,” Hugelmeyer said in a statement.

Lopez taught at Nicholas S. LaCorte-Peterstown School No. 3 but was an employee of Source4Teachers, a vendor that provides substitute teachers.

>> Teacher allegedly had sex with 4 students, including 2 at same time

Source4Teachers spokesman Owen Murphy said all of its employees are required to pass state and federal background checks, and that Lopez, who began her employment in 2012, showed no previous history of any illegal or inappropriate actions.

Murphy said the teacher is indefinitely blocked from working in Source4Teachers’ partner school districts until the police investigation is completed.

Connecticut educator teaches students life lessons after being diagnosed with ALS

Nearly 11 months after being diagnosed with Asymotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Connecticut educator Andrew Niblock is using his diagnosis to teach students about life.

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Niblock, the head of the elementary school at Greenwich Country Day School in Connecticut, said he wanted to continue working after being diagnosed with the disease so that he could teach his students a lesson about life and be an example for them.

“I want children to understand curve balls,” the father of two told ABC News. “No matter what is thrown your way […] if a kid powers through or makes the most of something later because of knowing me, that’d be great.”

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ALS, a rare and incurable progressive neurodegenerative disease, affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord and causes the brain to be unable to initiate and control muscle movement, according to the ALS Association. As a result, people may lose the ability to speak, eat, move and breathe, with some patients ending up completely paralyzed in the later stages of the disease.

>> RELATED: Mass. teacher battling ALS fired months before earning pension

Instead of hiding the changes occurring to his speech and mobility, Niblock is working with the school’s headmaster to create age-appropriate videos with the goal of teaching students about ALS and spreading awareness about it.

By being open about his battle with the disease, Niblock said he hopes to convey to the students that hope is resilient.

“Hope can drive you forward,” he said. “And I hope […] that the kids see that, and run with it.”

WATCH: Bullied girl asks for help in heartbreaking viral Facebook video

A Bellevue, Washington, fourth-grader says she has been bullied since school started in September. After months of telling teachers, administrators and the district, feeling desperate, she posted a video on Facebook to get help for herself and other students who are bullied.

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The video was shared more than 17,500 times and reached more than 670,000 people.

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Nasir Andrews, 9, is finishing fourth grade at Ardmore Elementary School in the Bellevue School District. Andrews, who is black, said she's been called "Nutella" and "servant."

"I told my after-school teacher, and she said it wasn't racist and she made me write the definition of racist," Nasir told KIRO on Wednesday.

Andrews says she was picked on for buying her lunch and laughed at on the school bus. Her parents got her a lunch box and let her bring her lunch some days, and they started driving her to school every day.

She said students in her class would take her snack and eat it or throw it away. At recess, she says classmates ran away from her. She says she’s been pushed, kicked and choked.

The girl and her family moved to Bellevue last summer from Georgia, where her parents said she had no trouble making friends. 

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"Everybody in my class does not like me, and I don't have any friends in my class or in the other fourth-grade classes," Nasir said Wednesday.

Chantey and Travis Andrews are upset the school didn't do more to help their daughter. They say they have complained to administrators for months. 

"With so many things happening, our fear is there is a culture that has been established at the school where it is almost OK for the children to exercise different forms of treatment and bullying and harassment," said her mother, Chantey Andrews. "And there's not a conversation being had with them saying, 'No, this is unacceptable.'"

In the video posted to Nasir's mother's Facebook page, the girl holds up cards with words on them to share her story.

"I think that we need to stop bullying and just know that if you're doing it, you're hurting people," Nasir said when asked about her motivation to make the video.

Former middle school teacher accused of raping student

A 27-year-old former middle school teacher in Kentucky has been charged with raping a student.

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According to WKYT, Lindsey Jarvis appeared before a Lexington District Court judge, where she pleaded not guilty to five charges – three counts of third-degree rape, one count of unlawful transaction with a minor and one count of third-degree sodomy.

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Police said Jarvis met the victim, who was under 16 years old, on several occasions. She is suspected of sodomizing the student in May 2016 and having sex with him in June 2016, WKYT reported.

>> Teacher accused of improper relationship with student smiles in mugshot

Jarvis, who is married, reportedly was a social studies teacher at Woodford County Middle School in Versailles for three years, starting in August 2013 and leaving in June 2016. She then took a position as a teacher's aide at Veterans Park Elementary School; a school spokesperson said Jarvis’ last day of employment was Friday, WKYT reported.

>> Teacher allegedly had sex with 4 students, including 2 at same time

A detective with the Versailles Police Department told the Lexington Herald-Ledger that the investigation into the educator began at the beginning of the year, but she was not charged until last week “because investigations take a while. There are so many dots you have to connect before you can bring charges against a person.”

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