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Bail Posted in Small Bills

Boys at North Marion High School in Ocala, Fla., knew the locker room was trouble: it was common for valuables and cash to disappear from lockers during gym class, and it had been going on for years. A student finally put his cell phone in an empty locker to record what happened while students were out, and allegedly caught the thief on video: Steven Simmons, a P.E teacher, who has 25 years of service in the district. The student took the video to sheriff’s deputy Tasha Nix, the school resource officer, who confronted the 49-year-old teacher. Simmons allegedly confessed. He was arrested for theft and has resigned. School officials took quick action to ensure nothing like this would ever happen again — by threatening to expel the student for “using” his cell phone at school against school rules. (RC/Ocala Star-Banner) ...But backed off when parents with torches and pitchforks surrounded the administration building.
Original Publication Date: 09 May 2010
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 16.
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