Illinois teacher posts sexually explicit video of herself having sex on Snapchat and students watch it, suspended

Screenshots of a group chat included with the police report show students discussing the video


                            Illinois teacher posts sexually explicit video of herself having sex on Snapchat and students watch it, suspended
Neither the students nor the Moline High School teacher have been identified in the report (Representational Images / Getty Images)
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MOLINE, ILLINOIS: A high school teacher in Moline, Illinois, was fired in November for publicly reporting that she had sex on Snapchat. Her several students watched the sex video before it got deleted.

The news of this astonishing sexual negligence on Moline High School by a high school teacher came from an investigation report by the Moline (Illinois) Police Department, which has been rigorously reviewed. Neither the students nor the teacher have been identified in the report.

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School board president, Sangeetha Rayapati, said that the district is following all regulatory policies laid out by Illinois law. The teacher has been on leave since the incident was reported. According to the report, Moline High School Principal Trista Sanders contacted police on November 7, 2020. The police report asserts that Sanders received a tip that the teacher, whose name is not revealed, posted a video of herself having sex on her Snapchat story, which can be seen by anyone who has friended her in the app.

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Multiple students allegedly saw the video. Screenshots of a group chat included with the police report show students discussing the video and debating whether to tell the teacher the video was there.

The teacher told investigators that one of her friends called frantically urging her to take down the Snapchat story. The teacher claimed that she didn't know what the friend was talking about, but checked her Snapchat and quickly deleted the story without seeing it. She said she didn’t know how the video had been posted and concluded she might have been hacked. The video was on her story for 15 minutes before it was deleted, she said.

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Assistant State’s Attorney Heidi Weller told Moline Police on March 1, 2021, that prosecutors were declining to bring charges, according to an email obtained by the newspapers.

Weller penned in her view, they could not meet the burden of evidence that the teacher consciously or intentionally spread the pornographic video, as was required by law. Further, she wrote, “there does not appear to be any intent to groom individual students.” 

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