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

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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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yes ashame i wish they would

yes ashame i wish they would sue the news company for putting such a picture up there do people not have any feelings anymore....its just horrible to out her child on the news when it has nothing to do with her or her husband!!! what a shame wway!!

what

Immoral... Really? She is guilty and never dreamed she would get caught. Heard she was applying to go to High School. Maybe to go with him. Who knows!?!? I think its sick and twisted

HEARD!!!! wow thats pretty

HEARD!!!! wow thats pretty pathetic...u heard, they heard, the mom probably heard that is she did this she would be so famous...i think your sick and twisted..u should be quite embarrassed for even putting the fact that its all hear say to you on the internet....grow a pair! people HEAR alot of things most of the time they arent true..the mom in this whole thing is sick and twisted for putting her son...who probably started the whole thing..out in the open like that!! and yes it is immoral...n i bet the boy didnt think that he would get caught either..if he were my child he would have blisters on his behind and stuck in his room!! a 13 year old knows when he should and shouldnt do something and so does an adult..but really dont blame it on one person alone!!! but WHOEVER YOU ARE you need to back off and get the facts before u start letting your bowls run out of your mouth!! so SHUTUP!!

I'm not here to bash you,

I'm not here to bash you, but I am so fed up with people that think that they know what they are speaking of and they don't even have the slighest clue...I hate to break it to you, Mary Ellen, but you don't have the slightest idea what you're talking about. You don't have any idea what that boy did, so why don't you shut your trap!!! You run your mouth about others (comments) and you sound just as ignorant, if not more so than they do...get real!!! "What comes around, goes around". Mark my word...

Where are you guys seeing

Where are you guys seeing this arrest report?

MOM OF 3 BOYS

I am a mom of 3 boys and for some reason when it is a boy involved in this type of situation the child is questioned more so than the adult...WRONG IS WRONG and A CHILD IS A CHILD! She is a Teacher, Parent, Adult-regardless if there was a crush, which I don't believe there was, it was her responsibility to not allow it to get as far as it did. I understand she may have been respected in her community, but so is the family of the little boy involved. We are not perfect so stop putting her on a pedestal because she is a teacher. She should be held accountable for her actions BECAUSE she is a teacher. Children look to Teachers for answers and this is what she gave. Had this been a 13 year old female against a Male Teacher it would have been handled way harsher and that is BIAS..our young boys need just as much protection. Stop blaming and trashing An INCREDIBLE MOM only trying to protect her son as ANY MOM SHOULD!

wow well thats funny because

wow well thats funny because it sounds like u think 13 year old TEENAGE boys dont have crushes and dont know what is right and what is wrong and the difference between good or bad in any of the stuff he did...because i know for a fact that the "little boy: started the whole thing and he knew very well what he was doing...middle school kids know about sex they know how to flirt they know how to get peoples numbers they know alot more than what we hold them accountable for!! and if the mom wanted to "protect" her son she would have had a private meeting with the teacher and officals or whatever and done it behind the cameras! think about what her "attention seeking thrill ride" has possibly done to her son and what it has done to her family and think about the impact it has made on the teachers family..yeah if its true it was wrong but someone doesnt have a heart if they want to ruin someones life in this kind of pathetic way!!! the mom can get over herself and your can shut the hell up because you dont know half of what i know!! n this so called "kid" is so guilty it makes me want to spit in his and his mothers face!!!

Well Mrs Mary Elean

Well Mrs Mary Elean Richards, if the CHILD was so guilty the ADULT megan should have been the ADUlt and called the PARENT and stopped it! I am going to assume you are related to Ms. Mantooth??? By the way the CHILD way not the one talking by text, it way the parents and the police. As said before WWAY was the one seeking her out, and the only reason she spoke out was because Mrs. Graham was informed that megan said she had not done anything wrong and she was setting the record straight!Megan has the chance to tell her side of the story, why didn't she??? Could it be that it be that it would bring more shame to her and her family??~ Good luck With with all that you do

Listen folks. We all want to

Listen folks. We all want to believe that this lovely woman is innocent. You all keep screaming "Where's the proof?" Hate to break it to you, but they would not have issued a warrant for her arrest WITHOUT said proof. They cannot arrest someone on hearsay. They CAN launch an investigation into the matter and arrest warrants are issued via a JUDGE when they have acquired enough SAID PROOF to file charges. Come on folks. I'm all for innocent until proven guilty but those of you screaming for proof are, from the looks of it, naive. Come on folks, quit denying the inevitable. They HAD HER PHONE NUMBER...the text wasn't simply titled "Megan." THE NUMBERS MATCHED. So unless your kid is some tech GENIUS, it was from her phone. The child MAY HAVE BEEN knowingly engaged, but in this country, a 13yo child DOES NOT have the mental capacity to engage in adult acts according to modern laws and standards. Stop attacking this mother trying to protect her child and stop attacking the child. He is, in this instance, the victim. Would you verbally attack a woman claiming to have been raped simply because the person she accused was an "upstanding citizen?" They are equivalent. Are some people falsely accuse? Yes, but in this instance...I'm not so sure they got the wrong girl. And regardless, this teacher or any other should NEVER have contact with a student outside of school or school related activities. All other contact should be made via the PARENTS. Wrong is wrong and it appears she was wrong from the get go.

well then u know what the

well then u know what the laws need to change because i believe the teenager should be punished just as much as the teacher..n u can say all u want but when it happens to someone you know personally lets see if you can keep your mouth shut about how wonderful they are!! your right wrong is wrong ...and it goes for everyone....teacher, mom, son whoever!!! it really should have been dealt with privatly and not with the media thats just someone looking for attention!

not true. my sister has had

not true. my sister has had a warrant for her arrest before and there was no proof that she committed the crime. and this actually took place in pender county. a woman called and told the police that she took her credit card and used it. turns out my sister did not do it at all. mean while my sister had to go through a bunch of crazy crap because of it. so give me a freaking break. you are the only one that is naive. dont you know anything about smart phones???? and the websites people use?! give me break.

People always judge so

People always judge so quickly! The smart phones we have today will let me change my number to your number so any one can get your number and call or txt someone and it will show up as your number!

Teacher

Wonder when the middle school will take down her pic and info. She was fired a week ago!

she was not fired she was

she was not fired she was suspended...get your facts right before you run your mouth!!! i wonder when people will get a heart and stop making things worse for this woman!!!

dude. she was not fired.

dude. she was not fired. did you even watch the news.....suspended with pay!!!!!

I went to High School with the boys mother........

You can believe that at 13 Elizabeth (or Beth as she was called) was following the same path as her son is now. One could say that the apple dosen't fall far from the tree. It's sad. A lot of lives are going to be torn up from this. But, it all boils down to uncontroled 13yo hormones and unchecked cell phone use. If the teacher was a part of it, was she wrong? Oh yes! But the mother needs to take some of the responsabilty for allowing a boy this young to have his own cell.

Just remember Beth. You had a heck of a run at that age. Karma.

Hide ya kids, hide ya wife and hide ya husband

Look, If I judged everyone by how they were in high school; Megan Ives would be the last person I would have thought would do something like this. She was the valedictorian of our class! People change. Obviously she did!! If you ever move out of Pender County maybe you would realize that.

PS...you spelled "responsibility" wrong. The little red line under the word means it's spelled incorrectly.

karma is a bitch and i hope

karma is a bitch and i hope she gets alot more coming to her!! she has caused more problems probably for herslef than all of this is worth!!!...think before you run to the media...now her n her son will never be the same because of the attenion she drug to herself!!

what

It is now 2011... wake the hell up people! Who cares about back then. Sure you were not a saint but were you messing around with a teacher at age 13... REALLY? I dont know the mother of this child but SHAME ON YOU FOR SAYING THAT

I went to high school with U TOO

Listen up buddy what we as parents did when we were 13 is in the past.. And if you NAMED who you were maybe we could throw some of your skeltons out of the closets too.THIS DOES NOT BOIL DOWN TO A 13YR OLD HORMORES..IT ALL ABOUT A 27YR OLD TEACHER WHO WAS INFACTUATED WITH A CHILD! THIS CHILD NEVER TXT HER BACK ANYTHING INAPPROIATE THE TEACHER NEVER KNEW SHE WAS TXTING THE PARENTS AND POLICE! FUTHERMORE SMART*** RESPONSIBLE MOTHER FOR GIVING HER CHILD A PHONE, HE IS A VERY SMART CHILD WHO IS VERY ACTIVE IN AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES AS WELL AS OTHER ACTIVITES IN THE COMMUNITIES AND HER HUSBAND AND HER BOTH WORK SO GUESS WHAT, SHE LIKES TO KEEP UP WITH HER CHILD! SO NOT BEING RESPONSIBLE I THINK NOT! AND LET ME SAY THIS THIS TEACHER TXT THIS CHILD ASKING HIM WHAT HE WAS WATCHING ON TV, AND THAT IS HOW THIS STARTED AND THE MOM THEN TOOK THE PHONE. SO BEFORE YOU THINK THAT TYPING ON THIS WEBSITE GIVES YOU YOUR 15 SECS OF FAME~ THINK AGAIN.

Girrrll I like you, amen

Girrrll I like you, amen sista!!!!

Seriously?

You are going to judge some one off of what they were like in high school? People change drastically after high school. I just graduated from high school four years ago and people including my self are totally different from just four years ago. Beth is a mature Christian woman who loves her son and is only trying to protect him. And for you to blame karma on the situation and to say the "apple doesn't fall short from the tree"? How very immature and hateful of you. Beth has not once said one bad thing about Ms Mantooth other than telling her story and taking up for her son. It seems your more of the spineless type who wouldn't have the back bone to protect your children. Cause let me guess you were a saint in high school and still are right?

stop it

You all need to stop with the Christian thing there is no reason whatsoever to bring someones faith into this. I'm still technically a child myself and I think I'm a little more mature then you adults bringing God and Christianity into this. I'm sure he's happy watching all of you no matter who you are sticking up for say things about his people... he forgives and forgets, why cant you. If your not going to then atleast keep your mouth shut about someone's personal religion. You people are so not being a good influence to others younger than you reading this.

meeh

What does her being a christian have to do with anything? I know a lot of non-christian's who raised wonderful MORAL children. I also know a lot of so called christian's that raised total miscreants.

Christian....................

Christian.................... exactly what Ms Mantooth claimed to be!! Instead of reading her bible in church she was texting little boys! How gross! I have boys of my own and I just hope that our corruptted judicial system gives her the damn hammer!!!!!!!!!!

WAKE UP

Look at M. Sloan... He claims to be a chriatian to. Some people are often times sick and need GOD's help. Wanting a 13 year old child though is indeed SICK

We all make mistakes!

First, I personally feel that this situation could have been handled in private with the 13 year olds mother just going to Mrs Mantooth and her husband and discussing this. There could have been some stipulations set between the families to insure that this would not continue with him or anyother student, if it is even true. I love my children more than anything, and I would have never put my children out there for the media to eat up and post their names everywhere. This child is more than likely going to high school next year and its gonna be rough. He will definitely be teased. Kids are cruel and will say and do mean things and the more the parents try to protect them there(in high school) the worse it gets. He should be mad at his mom for exposing him like that. Second, we ALL make mistakes!!! Some are BIG and some are small. Sometimes the communtiy finds out and sometimes they don't. All I have to say is that we all have an opportunity to ask for forgiveness. Some people just need to be thankfull that all their mistakes are not known, because I am sure there would be a whole lot more "SHOCKERS" to talk about. Its really strange how people think they are better than anybody else, but their closets are overflowing with skeletons. I am praying for the Mantooths and the little 13 year old for what his mother has exposed them to~

Unfortunately,

in your plan, there's no blood sucking attorney able to slap the County and Board of Education with a big lawsuit for injuries and hurt feelings suffered by the 13 year old.

And sadly, that is often where this type of travesty ends. Show me the money is what they will say.

what

WHAT HIS MOTHER HAS SUBJECTED HIM TO??? what did his TEACHER subject him to!!!!!!!!!!!!! You have GOT to be kidding me

Quick to Convict

“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.” Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? I’m not saying she is innocent; however let’s hear both sides before we convict her.