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Charge: North Johnston teacher gave alcohol to teens

Posted February 15, 2011

— A woman who resigned from her teaching position at North Johnston Middle School last week faces charges she provided alcohol to teenagers, according to the Johnston County Sheriff's Office.

Kimberly Bailey Ward, 40, of 40 Crestline Drive in Selma, provided alcohol to at least six teens, including one as young as 13, arrest warrants indicate.

Terri Sessoms, spokeswoman for Johnston County schools, said Ward resigned Feb. 8 and the school system is cooperating with the sheriff's office.


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  • Eduardo1 Feb 16, 2011

    gflowers.nice posting on your part! BUt......Then if she is innocent, why did she RESIGN?????

  • Humungous Feb 16, 2011

    It's Johnston County people. The teens have probably been consuming alcohol with their parents and family for years already.

    Geesh! Where were cool teachers when I was in middle school?

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  • wildcat Feb 16, 2011

    She should be ashamed of herself.

  • gflowers Feb 16, 2011

    i have known this young lady's parents for over 40 years and kim since she was a child and i will not beleive any of this untill it is proven beyond a doubt.her parents are some of the finest people i have ever met and all i have ever heard about her has been good.lets wait and see what all the evidence is before we judge her.

  • tobywilliamson58 Feb 16, 2011

    What is the big deal?? Give me a break!

  • ajfuddermukker Feb 16, 2011

    While what she did was wrong at least (if) they were given alcohol, it was in a controlled, supervised environment instead of at a location with no supervision where they could try to drive home afterward and get hurt!

  • readme Feb 16, 2011

    And meanwhile in other news in Wake country today, there were arrests for larceny, assault, drug dealing, and kidnapping. Yet here we are with one girl making the front page for giving some teenagers beer. I'm not saying this is okay, but come on people, get some perspective. That goes for you too, WRAL. Personally I think all the hispanics involved in drug trade and kidnapping makes better news. They are hispanic after all, so you can capitalize on everyone's immigrant paranoia and still get people to visit the site!

  • wildcat Feb 16, 2011

    40 years old and a teacher, well she knew better and should face harsh consequences. If she has children, do she give them alcoholic drinks? She resign out of her own guilt. Schools don't need teachers like this. Parents you should be talking seriously to your own children. Be responsible for a change.

  • Mr. Sensible Feb 16, 2011

    And who's to say that life didn't turn sour after the screening too. Ya never know.