Booze, pot, lust and shoplifting
Eight cases of alleged teacher misconduct around the Tampa Bay area are among 43 cases on the agenda of the Education Practices Commission this week. Nothing unusual here: Four involve DUIs, two involve marijuana and one involves shoplifting three shirts from Dillard's.
The eighth one involves a former Palm Harbor University High math teacher who, according to the proposed settlement agreement, allegedly engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a female student by exchanging late-night e-mails and instant messages that were "sexually or romantically suggestive and flirtatious" and "suggested to the student that they would or might have a romantic relationship after the student graduated."
For details, check with the state Department of Education. The case file is 396 pages, so it'll cost you $97.35 for copies and labor.
- Ron Matus, state education reporter