A teacher in Florida who taught high school students about criminal justice might have to put her lesson planning to good use following her recent arrest.
47-year-old Sharonda Johnson was arrested and accused of stealing money from students at Fort Pierce Central High School. Johnson was also accused of stealing money from the school and faces charges of grand theft, witness tampering, and petit theft charges.
The criminal justice teacher allegedly stole at least $2,500 from at least nine students who were under the impression that they were paying to go on a competition field trip. Johnson is also accused of stealing at least $500 from the school. Students reported paying between $100 to $400 to go on the trip but were told at the last minute that they could no longer go. Both students and parents said they were told a refund would be issued, but that never happened.
School records also show Johnson owes the school money for placing orders for fundraising items like candy and t-shirts but still hasn’t made any payments, KVOA reports.
A spokesperson for the St. Lucie County School District released a statement saying Johnson was placed on temporary leave back on March 12 and they are cooperating with law enforcement and parents in support of the investigation.
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