ONLY ON 3: Middle school teacher suspended; Charged with cyberstalking student

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Submitted: Tue, 06/21/2011 - 3:59am
Updated: Thu, 07/21/2011 - 3:50pm

BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — A Burgaw Middle School teacher has been suspended. The Pender County Sheriff’s Office says eighth grade teacher Megan Mantooth is charged with cyberstalking a student.

Mantooth was suspended with pay last week after the mother of one of her students came forward claiming Mantooth was trying to pick up her son.

Elizabeth Graham, the mother of the 13-year-old student, filed a report saying there were more than 200 inappropriate text messages sent to her son. Graham says the over-the-phone relationship between teacher and student began June 9.

The teen gave his phone to his parents. That’s when they discovered the text messages.

One text Graham says is from Mantooth say, “When I do finally get to see you, I want you to wrap your arms around me and lift me up and spin me around…Will you do that?”

“She got to the point that she wanted to know… she said she couldn’t go a day without seeing him and that she wanted to see him now. Her heart was beating five hundred times a minute. I think she was developing a relationship with him,” Graham said.

Graham says other parents have also come forward about Mantooth having inappropriate conversations with their children.

The number that the text messages were sent from is the same number WWAY reached Mantooth on this afternoon.

Mantooth did answer and was offered a chance to give her side of the story. She said she would call back after talking with her husband, but she has not yet returned that call.

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200 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Middle school teacher suspended; Charged with cyberstalking student"

2015 years 8 months ago

Very well stated Erica. You have covered everything well. It’s not that the public is trying to “get a teacher fired”, it’s just that we have to protect our children. That iswhy so many parents are home schooling their kids now. Thank you very much for your comment!

2015 years 8 months ago

So?? The kids gave her their #’s…..DUH.
They are 13! Not exactly most developed judgmental skills.

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2015 years 8 months ago

Mark Sloan is “christian”, didn’t stop him from picking up a hooker allegedly.

“Fake christian home” LOL good one!

2015 years 8 months ago

Not everyone is who you think they are. People change and do stupid things. Just because she acts sweet and innocent doens’t mean she is……

2015 years 8 months ago

This got to be your best joke yet and I thought you wasn’t funny. After the way you trash everybody on here now you think nobody should say anything about this. You must have some close ties to them or you know them somehow. If that’s true, now you know what some of the people you trashed meant when they ask how you are going to feel if its someone you know.