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


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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Not that I am defending the

Not that I am defending the teacher -- but how did the teacher get the students cell phone number to start with -- I doubt this is public information that may be at the school. The number had to be given to her.


Ummmm... He is 13. NOT EVEN ABLE TO DRIVE

So?? The kids gave her their

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

What a concept

Maybe she just asked the student for his number. It really can be just that simple.

@ Jasmine

Are you in middle school yourself? Your on a public news website trashing down the mother of what is an innocent child and you can't even use proper grammar to do so. What makes you think you would be such a reliable source when you can not even capitalize your words? Did you ever think that maybe just maybe the parents took the phone from the child after they realized what was happening and pursued some texts just to be sure before they pointed the blame? It's started June 9th she was just arrested last week. There was some thought from the parents behind this. The mother is trying to protect her 13 year old son, whom I'm sure if he had this so called crush on his teacher would have pursed her without any indication of telling his parents. I hope Ms Mantooth learns a lesson and has her teaching license revoked. Do we really want people like this in the school systems? No teacher has any business to be texting their students, I thought the education system was supposed to be proffesional?


It's started June 9th she was just arrested last week.


I'm sure if he had this so called crush on his teacher would have pursed her without any indication of telling his parents.

(on his teacher [he] would have)
(Do you mean inclination, really??)

I thought the education system was supposed to be proffesional?

(professional: two crooked letters, not two f's)

Just sayin'...

I thought this was about Mrs

I thought this was about Mrs Mantooth I think Erica gets it already.


"I'm sure if he had this so called crush on his teacher would have pursed her without any indication of telling his parents."

So he was going to put her in a purse? I hope it was a nice expensive purse.


Your on a public news website

The last thing you need to do is berate someone over grammar or spelling!

Oh honey

I don't claim to have perfect grammar not at all. I'm actually still in school learning proper grammar. I'm not very old but I do know how to capitalize and how to use you instead of u. When trying to be professional. Good job on picking out my grammar error though, you've got a heck of an eye for grammar.

Leave the Cildren out of it!!

Ok first of all leave the child out of it! Mrs.Mantooth started this by texting the child then she kept on and this mom who is a GREAT mom and checks her child's phone daily wanted to know WHY a teacher was texting him took his phone. Mrs. Mantooth did not know that she was texting the child's parents and the Pender county sherriff's office. She thought it was the child and it was not. So before everyone ASSUMES things you should know the truth! This 13yr has been raised in a REAL christian home with REAL VALUES and knows the difference in right and wrong. Now with all of that being said, none of us feel that her husband and children or extended family should be in the middle of this, she made this mess and should clean it up herslef, so for that I am sorry that the media has drug them into that.Just remember that if she had not started this we would not be talking about this.

You're giving away facts that may be important?

First of all, how do you think the teacher got the phone number to send the texts? Couldn't have been that lil' Johnny gave it to her now could it? Second, this article says absolutely nothing about the mother AND the Pender sheriffs office receiving the texts, so you must be some sort of insider and likely giving valuable information out to the public. Nice move on that one! Third, the article also states that "hundreds of innappropriate texts..." were discovered. If mommy checked lil' Johnnys phone every day, I doubt that magnitude of quantity would exist in a one-day period. And finally, number four. Anytime I hear someone bragging about lil' 13 yr. old Johnny being,"...raised in a REAL christian home with REAL VALUES and knows the difference between right and wrong.", it makes me want to immediately put a cork where the sun doesn't shine! KNOWING the difference between right and wrong vs. DOING that are two entirely different situations. We all know that lil' Johnny couldn't have been raised in a FAKE christian home with FAKE VALUES, right? If your going to throw God into this situation, at least do it in a credible and dignified manner!

A-freakin'-men! I agree!

A-freakin'-men! I agree!

The reason that there are

The reason that there are hundreds of messages is because Mrs.Mantooth was texting the MOTHER AND THE POLICE..thinking it was the child. And the reason that I said was I did about REAL CHRISTIAN HOME WITH REAL VALUE AND KNOWING RIGHT FROM WRONG was really towards Megan in hopes that she was reading this. I know alot about this and I can assure you and everyone else that it was not meant in any way to defame Jesus Christ.There is a lot that will come out. The only reason that the public knows anything is becasue the media was seeking out the mother. She did not seek them out! When the public started putting the mother down, I took up for her and the child becasue I do know the truth and what happened. I have seen the proof. All I can say is I guess that we will have to see what happens in court, but as I have said before, I do wish that the media would have left her husband and kids out of it.

It is a shame this "teacher"

It is a shame this "teacher" chose not to keep her family out of this mess that she as an adult and a teacher, created. She chose not to put them first and they are going to be torn apart. It's a shame that this has happened. Bottom line she was a teacher and the public looks to them just as they do people in uniform. we hold them to a higher standard and look at them to protect, not victimize. I don't care who gave who what number. This is a child, she was the teacher. my heart goes out to the families.........she made her mess, and she didn't think of her husband, her children, or her student.............


Mark Sloan is "christian", didn't stop him from picking up a hooker allegedly.

"Fake christian home" LOL good one!

a male one at that!

a male one at that!

I think this is just

I think this is just sickening. Apparently this teacher is not who everyone thinks she is. Why feel sorry for her, if this is true than she doesnt deserve for anyone to feel sorry for her. She did this to herself and her family. She knew what she was doing was wrong. If the text go back to her phone than guess what....the txt came from her lil fingers and that is wrong. If all is true i hope she pays the price for this.

I don't believe it

I don't believe it....Megan is a sweet young lady....I think people need to back off and let the investigation begin...we are behind you Megan - you are a wonderful young lady.

Not everyone is who you

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......

Ms. Mantooth

First of all, for those of you defending Ms. Mantooth, I am sure she can use all the support she can get. I too think very highly of this young woman as a teacher. I do think the situation is a shame and I too hope is just a big misunderstanding. However, I do not think anyone should slam this mother who was brave enough to be interviewed on TV, this mother did what EVERY parent in this situation SHOULD do and report these kind of situations immediately to authorities. This is a child and any good parent would do the same thing. This never should have happened to even become a misunderstanding. And yes, the truth will come out eventually, but obviously there is enough to charge her with what they have, and I am in total shock, and the tough part is as a parent, how do I explain this to my children, who Ms Mantooth has taught. Its sad situation for everyone involved. Hopefully Ms. Mantooth will get the help she needs and she will at least admit to what she has and to what she has not done, to bring closure to some of the mess, as they say The truth will set you free, and her family and real friends will still love and support her through that.

On another note, I think that WWAY should have never posted such personal pictures of her on TV, pics with her family and husband and kids. They are completely innocent in this, and should not have to be exploited due to this. If you had to post pics, they should have at least be edited to cut out her family, I do think that was very wrong.

I too pray for Ms. Mantooth, that she will do the right thing, however, these are our innocent children involved here, and there is no excuse for that part, her job is to help protect our children. This child should never feel guilty or bad for what happened, and I truly hope he does not have to pay the price for that. Some of the messages shown were inappropriate and those messages need to be owned up to and instead of people saying the MOM shuold appologize, I think that part needs to come from Ms. Mantooth, imagine how this child must feel, how would you feel if this was your child???? and what would you do if you found these messages on your childs phone???

Well spoken, Guest227.

Well spoken, Guest227.

Doesn't anyone remember all

Doesn't anyone remember all the mess about Charlie Sheen a while back - how the media jumped the gun and then it all turned out to be NOT TRUE? Just because it's on a website by a news site does not mean it's automatically true! Let's think on our own for a minute instead of believing everything that is spoon fed to us.

this is bulls***

y would a mother of a 13 year old son want to put her business out on the news to make her son the star of the show cause we all know that her son was wrong in this too a teenage boy with a crush and u really believe he thought it was right to txt his teacher back and try to start something with really mom get a life worry about what your son is doing instead of making attention for yourself ...for all you know he could be texting some other women right now!!! and where are these so called messages...megan is a good person and would never do anything to hurt her or her family!!! all this news crap was too much as well think about what it is doing to their family...wait till it happens to u one day n ur business was plastered all over the news really some people these days just dont have anthing better to do with their time!!! n to all u other people that want to make smart remarks about megan..keep it to yourself!!!! the news is enough no one wants your worthless 2 cents added to it!!! think before u speak n yes is goes for everyone who was in the wrong!!

Y do u type like dis

Did u not think b4 u typed this really some people these days have nothing better do! than sit and type just like this....and ignorantly protect ur friend megan, by lashing out with ridiculous grammar.

I'm guessing you really know nothing about this situation from the way you are lashing out defending her. You obviously did NOT think before you spoke. I'm assuming you are one of her students, or some middle school child judging from your careless typing.

Good luck on getting that high school diploma with that type of grammar sweetheart.

I don't believe this is

I don't believe this is true. I think that the student took it the wrong way. Mrs. mantooth didn't mean it has the student trying to say she was. She a loving and caring person who wouldn't try to hurt anyone. I think this is all a misunderstanding about the whole situation.

Did wway not check the phone

Did wway not check the phone records before reporting this? I hope not. If they did, they should be held accountable for ruining this woman's reputation.

I hope you know that the

I hope you know that the police do all the investigations, not the news station. WWAY only reports the news. And if you read the article, it's obvious that phone records (or something that contains evidence) had been checked or they would have no evidence to charge her. Not to mention, she was "charged", NOT "convicted". There's a difference. If it's a misunderstanding or "set-up", it'll come out in court. Let the legal system do it's job and stop pointing fingers.


AGREE!!!!!! WHERE ARE THE PHONE RECORDS!!! and why do they have it out for the mantooths?~? did the student fail? so he got mad?

this is all a bit

this is all a bit unnecessary if some mom wants to create this much attention to her life n her son...u would think that a 13 year old teenager would also know better than to txt his teacher...because we all know that he wasn't innocent in any of this either...and like really where is all of the proof where are the phone records n text messages!!! it takes a really pathetic person to blast this all over the internet knowing its going to be even more trouble for her than any of it is worth!!! and how would she feel if she was the other person and her family was be put all over the news like a circus side show...megan is a great person and even if it is true im sure there is a reason...but fyi this so called "mom" needs to get a life n this crap on Facebook n the news is ridiculous!!!!!!! GET OFF THE NEWS DAMN!!!!!!