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Assistant principal charged with theft

Posted April 30, 2010

— An assistant principal at Mount Olive Middle School was charged Tuesday with stealing money from the school, police said Friday.

John Fitzgerald Strickland, 37, of 220 Old Dover Road in Dover, was charged with misdemeanor larceny and was released on a $1,000 bond.

Maj. Brian Rhodes of the Mount Olive Police Department said $52 was taken from the school bookkeeper's office on April 23. Police also are investigating the theft of more than $400 from the school book fair, Rhodes said.

Strickland resigned his position after his arrest, officials said.


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  • manofjustice Apr 30, 2010

    Extenuating circumstances can cause all of us to do things out of our character. This nice christian man made a bad decision and he will pay for it but at the time it was not a bad choice. I will pray for this nice man. If I knew where he was I would give him 5,000 dollars.

  • wayneboyd Apr 30, 2010

    C'mon WRAL where's his picture, I'm keeping a crooked state employee album.

  • capitalland Apr 30, 2010

    No problem, he could still run the school system in Durham County with that small blemish on his record.

  • Big Mike Apr 30, 2010

    This time the students were smarter thant he teacher...!

  • hank5049 Apr 30, 2010

    WOW!! ruined his career for just $500. just plain STUUUPID !!

  • wildcat Apr 30, 2010

    He should have to pay every cent back with interest. He knew better but made a choice of wrong. Not a very good example to the students. He should have resign.

  • cinnamon Apr 30, 2010

    I know teachers don't make a lot of money but come on!!

  • meh2 Apr 30, 2010

    Yeah, I hope that was worth it.

  • garnertoy Apr 30, 2010

    well they did say middle school was a problem

  • bluetarheel21 Apr 30, 2010

    All that comes out to about $500, are you serious? Did you ever stop to think the man was just tryin to feed his kids?