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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested a teacher at Brunswick County Academy for sex crimes against a student. Leah Gayle Shipman, 39, of Leland is charged with sexual offense with a student, statutory rape and taking indecent liberties with a student.

Investigators say the victim was 15 years old at the time of the crime.

In an e-mailed statement, superintendent Katie McGee said Shipman has been suspended from her job. McGee released Shipman’s employment history with the district, which shows Shipman started as a transitional curriculum teacher at Brunswick County Academy in August 2008. She has worked in various positions, including substitute teacher, teacher assistant and secretary at Lincoln and Belville Elementary Schools since 2001.

McGee said the district is cooperating with the Sheriff’s Office, but because of the investigation and privacy laws, she said the district would not say more.

Shipman is in the Brunswick County Jail under $100,000 bond.

She’s now a part of a troubling history for the school district. West Brunswick teacher and coach David Arrowood was arrested for having sex with a student in 2006. A year later South Brunswick High School janitor Collis Hewett was arrested for molesting a special needs student.

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2015 years 9 months ago

Don’t forget about the 40 year old coach and the 16 year old girl. Brunswick County Schools at their best.

Happiest daughter in the world
2015 years 9 months ago

I am her daughter! And first off I’d like to tell everyone it is nobody’s business on what goes on in this family! SHe doesn’t hurt anyone else in what she did and the extra opinions are not needed and the extra opinions you all post on here about the situation hurt the situation even worse so how about everyone else just mind their own damn business.

Former student!
2015 years 9 months ago

I like her but i think she is nasty.. and i knew this was going on but when i said something the firsst time no one believed us.. but she got caught now. but she really was a nice person!!

2015 years 9 months ago

Absolutely disgusting.

2015 years 9 months ago

what happened to her>?? and whats yo name i forgot?>??

2015 years 9 months ago

It is absolutely imperative that you learn reading comprehension. They did not say these charges were dropped.

2015 years 9 months ago

I know Leah and her family and am shocked at the selfishness of her acts. Her son, daughter and husband are in my prayers as they cope with this tragic situation. I am saddened at the thought of the ridicule they will live to face as a result of their mother and wife’s careless, reckless and irresponsible behavior. This is just not something that will go away. Not for the family, friends, students, school or community. I am truly disappointed.

2015 years 9 months ago

i know her son and he is one of the nicest guys i have met. how could she do that and give so much embarrasment to the family? i hope things go over well for them. the shipmans will be in our hearts and prayers!

someone who uses AOC sites
2015 years 9 months ago

It is absolutely imperative that you know your facts. These charges were never dropped and are still currently going through the court system. That’s public record.

sherry w.
2015 years 9 months ago

i personally know leah and her family and the person i know would not do this. I think that we as the public have a tendency to believe what we read in the paper as the truth. I had a family member that was tried and found guilty by the community just from what the paper said. And the charges were later dropped, but by that time your reputation is ruined. So I hope that we do not try and convict her in the paper. Please remember there are innocent people out there and families too. Thank you.

common sense
2015 years 9 months ago

HAHAHAHA you’re worried about teachers having sex with your child? If you are such a concerned parent, know that at 16 years old they DO know the difference between RIGHT AND WRONG and it is YOUR responsibility as a parent to teach them NOT TO SLEEP WITH THEIR TEACHERS or DO DRUGS. I think the majority of middle and high school kids have made it through and past school without having intercourse. This was rape by statutory requirements that a child was not of LEGAL AGE OF CONSENT not that THEY WERE FORCED. Mrs. McGee cannot do a check on a background that didn’t exist. Idiot.

2015 years 9 months ago

what has gottin into these teachers,it is pretty bad we cant even send our kids to school now with out worring about teachers having sex with them,its bad enough we have to worry about the drugs,an other crap .now we have to worry about this kinda stuff,i swear we are almost better off home schooling our kids,i swear mrs mcgee needs to get her head out of her butt an stop worring about the way she looks an worry about doing better background checks on these people ,an i think they need to put a program in these schools that teaches the children about sexual harrasment an whats wrong cause i believe so many of these kids are scared to talk about it an tell someone

Past BCA student
2015 years 9 months ago

Mrs. Shipman was my teacher my first year at Brunswick County Academy. I was so nervous and scared because of the first time being at the Alternative school. Mrs. Shipman helped me get past the nervousness, & helped me a lot along the way during my year at BCA. Teachers like her made me want to leave West Brunswick & Go back to BCA, which i did. I dont think at all that she did the crime. I know the boy who she “apparently” slept with, he caused a lot of trouble during the year, & made numerous lies about her up, which she was written up for. We always see one side to the story. What about Shipmans side? How do we not know he wasnt just making it up? She was a very beautiful woman & quite frankly i think it was made up. Think about the toll on the students when they returned to class the next day to find out she was arrested? Your such a dumbass for saying criminals can get a job in brunswick county. Its not that bad of a place. I was born & raised in BC & i wouldnt trade living here for anything. Smart way to make you sound educated. I graduated from BCA with honors & scholarships. You need to come up with something better to say, than the irrelavance of your statement saying “child molesters can get a job in brunswick county” ha, which has nothing to do with the arrest of Leah Shipman, now does it?

2015 years 9 months ago

let inmates know that when they get released (especially the child molesters)that they can get a job in Brunswick County

2015 years 9 months ago

Nice Comment…..Very Adult of you to make such a statment.

2015 years 9 months ago

This teacher know what she done wrong that day our school North Brunswick High School had some stuff on the news couple of times ago with teachers. But this is the one of the sad thing why she had to do it with a 15 year old boy.

Guest: guest2
2015 years 9 months ago

Bernice, I hope your sentence structure and punctuation isn’t an example of how great a teacher she is. Please tell me she isn’t an English teacher.

2015 years 9 months ago

Leah Shipman was one of my teachers and i just have to say she was a good teacher she helped me out alot with things i didnt know and helped me understand it she was one of the best teachers in the school and i cant believe she would do something like this and i believe everyone is enassent till proven guilty and who ever this student is i hope will get in a lot of trouble too cause that person is just as guilty as her if this story is true and i dont care about the whole story that people say about how the teacher is older and knows better that student should know better also and if this story is true she shouldent be charged with anything if that kid was willing. I dont care about the age thing he was 15 almost an adult he new better.

2015 years 9 months ago

im still pretty surprised my teacher would do that

bca (transition) students
2015 years 9 months ago

We miss our teacher let her go !!!


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