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E-Mail with Porn Leaves Bee Teacher Without Her Job

Story Courtesy of San Antonio Express-News
By Jeorge Zarazua

A Bee County teacher was forced to resign earlier this month after school administrators learned she had sent a pornographic e-mail to several of her students' cell phones.

The Sheriff's Department is investigating to determine if crimes have been committed, said Sheriff Carlos Carrizales.

"It all depends on the ages of the students that received the messages," the sheriff said.

The 26-year-old teacher, who school officials refused to name Tuesday, had worked with the Skidmore-Tynan Independent School District for two years, teaching high school biology and coaching volleyball and track.

Superintendent Brett Belmarez said the teacher sent the e-mail via cell phone to "more than one student," showing a video of a man and a woman having sexual intercourse. Belmarez said the video included text, which scrolled across the bottom of the screen.

He said he didn't recall what the message was, but blasted speculation in the community that the clip was intended as a joke.

"I have to wholeheartedly disagree," Belmarez said. "There's nothing funny about it. I do not recall any humor in it at all."

School officials learned of the video May 2 after a student told a school counselor about it, the superintendent said.

"All requirements as stated in law, district policy and district procedure have been strictly adhered to pertaining this matter," Belmarez said.

He said the teacher immediately tendered her resignation May 3 after being confronted with the e-mail.

"The district is committed to moving beyond this isolated incident," Belmarez said.

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