WWAY talks with neighbor of Laney asst. principal accused of inappropriate behavior with student


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A assistant principal at Laney High School is off the job after allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a student.

WWAY first reported this story Thursday afternoon.

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Even though lights were on inside of Robin Lamberty’s home, no one would come to the door. Neighbors seemed curious of our presence so we took our cameras across the street. There we found Lamberty’s friend and neighbor John Swift.

“It tears me up. I can’t believe it. All the good stuff she does for those children,” Swift said. He says Lamberty has taken two male students into her home. He says she was just trying to help them pursue a better future.

“She takes these kids in and helps them out, the two boys that were staying with her,” Swift said. “She took them all the way to Georgia just so they could get a scholarship playing basketball.”

Lamberty is on paid administrative leave from Laney High after the allegations surfaced Tuesday.

New Hanover School Superintendent Dr. Tim Markely said in a statement, “We take these allegations very seriously. We will not tolerate any inappropriate behavior.”

For now, Swift says he’s standing by his friend.

“I’m sure the truth will come out,” he said.

Lamberty was hired as an Assistant Principal at Laney in July. She’s worked for New Hanover County Schools since 2007. She’s also worked in Pender and Duplin Counties.