PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The story of a Burgaw Middle School teacher charged with cyberstalking a 13-year-old boy is now getting international attention.
Saturday morning ABCNews.com posted its own version of the story (linked below) involving teacher Megan Mantooth, who was arrested earlier this month after allegedly sending hundreds of text messages to her former student.
Earlier this week, Britain’s Daily Mail also posted a story about the case.
The ABCNews.com story includes more allegations about Mantooth’s behavior, as well as criticism of Elizabeth Graham, the mother of the alleged victim, for going public with the story in an interview with WWAY and later a local newspaper.
Mantooth has not spoken publicly about the allegations and charges. She is scheduled to be in court next month.
Teacher Charged With Cyberstalking Roils Small North Carolina Town
By RESHMA KIRPALANI (ABCNews.com)
June 25, 2011
A middle school teacher has been charged with cyberstalking one of her 13-year-old students, and the boy’s mother claims that her son isn’t the only one receiving inappropriate text messages from the female teacher.
Megan Mantooth, 26, is a popular eighth grade math teacher in Burgaw Middle School, a tiny town of 4,000 people in southern North Carolina where her husband is a deputy sheriff. She is also the mother of two, including a 4-month-old baby.
The allegations against her have roiled the town with many people defending her and lashing out at her accusers.
Mantooth has been charged with cybertalking, allegedly sending "hundreds" of text messages to her student, which included "a lot of sexual innuendos," according to the boy’s mother, Elizabeth Graham.
According to Graham, Mantooth obtained her son’s cellphone number from a fellow student and started texting the child on June 8. Graham said that initially the math teacher texted her son his final grades, followed by general inquiries about his summer plans.
"About two hours later, she was still texting my child and my husband took away his phone," Graham said.
The "hundreds" of texts that Graham said Mantooth sent her child included one that Graham read to ABCNews.com:
"I wish you were home by yourself right now because I don’t have the kids," and "More how? As in see ME more or less clothes more, or both."
Mantooth allegedly compared herself to the middle school female students telling the boy that she would "look better in a bikini," Graham said. She also allegedly made plans to meet the student at his beach house, texting him, "I cannot wait 8 more days to see you."
The mother believes that the middle school teacher was developing an emotional relationship with her13-year-old son.