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Former Kinston teacher charged with stealing field trip money

Posted February 26, 2013

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— Police on Monday arrested a former Kinston High School teacher on a charge that she took money for a planned field trip and used them on personal expenses.

Amanda Ann Grady, 32, of 330 Martha Drive, was charged with obtaining property by false pretense.

Lenoir County Schools last month asked police to investigate the disappearance of $1,450 that Kinston High students had paid for a field trip.

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  • OneLove Feb 26, 2013

    "Wow, all this talk about teachers and their jobs." EVERY TIME a teacher gets into trouble, someone complains abt how little they're paid. and the rock just rolls from there.

  • puzzled Feb 26, 2013

    Wow, all this talk about teachers and their jobs. This story is about a person stealing and she happens to be a teacher.

  • ncouterbanks69 Feb 26, 2013

    Maybe the problem we have with kids today is that too many people disregard the job that teachers undertake. A little appreciation would go a long way. Not to mention, learning starts at home. If education isn't emphasized at home first, the classroom will be meaningless.

    I agree 100% with all you said....especially the part about learning starts at home. Thank goodness for charter schools! Anywy that is no excuse to steal. She is (was) still a teacher and I doubt that was part of the schools approved lesson plan. She is a theif and there is little worse in this world than that.

  • ripetomatoes Feb 26, 2013

    AND BESIDES 99.9% OF ALL TEACHERS HAVE THE HIGHEST MORALS, CHARACTER, ARE TRUSTWORTHY TO TEACH, PROTECT, AND HAVE YOUR CHILDREN LEARN THOSE SAME MORALS (IF POSSIBLE).75Tarheel

    99.9%? Seriously? My experience before leaving public education for the private sector as far as co-workers were concerned is that the ratio of trustworthy people is about the same as any other organization. The only thing they were truly honest about was who they liked and disliked.

  • kikinc Feb 26, 2013

    I have a friend who works as a first grade teacher. Even in her 10 month work year, she pulls more hours than I do (40 hour work week). She is in school from 8-5, and spends about 10-12 hours at home working on lesson plans and what not. She doesn't have a lunch break (she's watching the kids in the cafeteria, or working through lunch). She has to waste her time in meaningless meetings when the kids aren't in school yet. So, 40 hours a week for a year, minus my 3 weeks paid vacation is 1,960. Her week is closer to 55 hours, and she works 43 weeks, which comes out to 2,365. Don't knock teachers. Their job doesn't end at the classroom door.

    Maybe the problem we have with kids today is that too many people disregard the job that teachers undertake. A little appreciation would go a long way. Not to mention, learning starts at home. If education isn't emphasized at home first, the classroom will be meaningless.

  • Combat MP Feb 26, 2013

    Anybody that thinks teachers are well compensated have no clue as to what they are talking about. Think it's a cake walk with lots of pay? Volunteer at a school for one week, or substitute teach. Then comment on how anyone would work for the amount they are paid. Not to mention when Ole Bev took a 1/2 percent of their pay for 2 months and told them they could take it as a day off.
    They do it for the love of teaching. It is something that God has put in them. I have been married to a teacher for 17 years.

    She has taught for 19 years, her state retirement 401 is a joke. She makes less than the average starting worker at the plant where I work with far less benefits.

    What this woman did was wrong and she should be tried accordingly.

    Don't make assumptions about teachers. You were taught by one.

  • Terkel Feb 26, 2013

    andreanicole, we don't live in "other countries". We live here. But you and anyone else may move.

  • Uhavenoclu Feb 26, 2013

    Working hard especially to make lots of money and material things is a western philosophy and is not the way.We were not put here to follow mans way of law.We were not put here to have limits put on us.We will not be punished when we move on and we surely don't have morals when we leave,for morals are for the soul,you live by the soul..The material self...it's in the bible read it....The spirit is our true self live by the spirit and not the church,not the physical family,not other mans ways.

  • JAT Feb 26, 2013

    She's a thief and this is ALL the story and the comments should be about. She's just like every other employee that steals from their employer and should be treated just like it. $1,400 wouldn't cover much and wasn't worth stealing. She should have thought about that.

  • JAT Feb 26, 2013

    andrea/DFly: teachers are paid what they're worth. EVERY person out there knows the average teachers salary and if they decide to pursue that field, then they are inherently accepting the salary and should never complain. Same applies to doctors,engineers, maids, chefs, sales clerks, etc. My neighbor is a teacher and I can tell you she leaves home well after I do and is home every day by 4pm; is gone to the beach every weekend, drives new cars all the time and is gone all summer. So not all teachers work the weekend and night and blah blah blah.

    Stop complaining - if you love your job and the work, then consider yourself lucky regardless of the pay; if you don't like it or don't think the salary is fair, then quit and go find something else. It's very easy. Other people do it all the time.

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