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W.Virginia middle school teacher fired amid sexting accusations

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:41 a.m. HST, Jun 18, 2013

BECKLEY, W.Va. » A Raleigh County middle school teacher has been fired for allegedly sending sexually explicit text messages to a 13-year-old student earlier this year.

An investigation into the alleged texts between the teacher, Lori Lester, and the student is being conducted by the West Virginia State Police.

The Register-Herald reports that the county's Board of Education voted Monday to fire the Trap Hill Middle School teacher.

While Lester did not attend the meeting, her attorney Jay Barringer did. He declined comment on the case.

The student's parents took him out of the school following the texts. He was home-schooled for the remainder of his eighth-grade year.

In several of the alleged texts, a woman appears naked and in lingerie.

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SteveToo wrote:
Where were teachers like this when I needed instructions?
on June 18,2013 | 12:05AM
hanalei395 wrote:
These are modern teachers with new get-down, hands-on instructions.
on June 18,2013 | 08:52AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Another half a story? Let's see the texting in question.
on June 18,2013 | 07:29AM
cojef wrote:
Teacher certification is needed to insure that only quality graduates are permitted to teach in our public schools. Many teachers are not suited to teach according to the news article appearing in the "U.S. News and World Report" This individual was texting her whoopee fantasy to her student , perhaps with other than good intentions, which more or less substantiate the news article research findings.
on June 18,2013 | 07:49AM
Steve96785 wrote:
Teacher certification as it now exists is a joke. Two years of College of Education time completely wasted. When I went to the DOE about getting a teaching job based on my MS in Biology, I was told that without a cert, I wouldn't even know how to fill out a purchase order. Of course that was never taught in the Coll of Ed, and thirty years later I can not recall a single lesson they did offer that was ever of any value. Sure, times have changed, but the colleges of Ed just keep pumping out no nothing teachers with cents that mean very little. Time to radically change the system in order to change the schools, which also pump out graduates with no real skills. Not to say we don't have some terrific grads, but most of them are terrific in spite of 12 years in school, not because of them.
on June 18,2013 | 11:44AM
daniwitz13 wrote:
The Crime is firing someone based on the Internet. The Internet is there for Freedom of Speech and Expression. This is similar to the enticement Law which should be unconstitutional. What is the sense of having a social network but be punished for expressing one's self. There is always no proof that the person is that person. All the people here over reacted. No one should be fired and no Police involved. If anything the school board should understand the rights and freedoms of People. Pity.
on June 18,2013 | 11:03AM
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