CLINTON, S.C. — A small South Carolina town was rocked by accusations Wednesday that a 23-year-old middle school teacher used her classroom — and other locations — to have sex with at least five male students.
Police arrested Allenna Williams Ward after school officials recovered a note containing inappropriate messages, said Clinton Public Safety Director John Thomas.
Ward, who is married, allegedly had sexual encounters with the 14- and 15-year-old boys at various locations, including in the school, a motel, a park and behind a restaurant, from December to through February, according to arrest warrants.
Ward was placed on administrative leave with pay last Thursday, acting district Superintendent Laura Koskela said. A message left by the Associated Press for the school's principal was not immediately returned Wednesday.
Ward was charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor and six counts of lewd acts on a minor, according to arrest warrants. She is being held in jail awaiting a bail hearing, police said. A phone message left at Ward's home was not immediately returned Wednesday night.
Let's all wait by our computers for the media to cover this story with the same zeal that they do when a Catholic Priest is accused of sexual abuse.
- Let's wait for the media to question teachers' unions whether they'll adopt a "Zero Tolerance Policy" for school employees accused of misconduct.
- Let's wait for the media to put on sociologists who question whether teachers who are married face an unnecessary temptation towards misconduct, and float the idea of celibate educators in the 'schools of the future'.
- Let's wait for the media to put on TV any former victims of sexual abuse by teachers who have since grown up and want to tell us how they were lured by predator-educators.