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Former Teacher Says School Failed To Protect Teen
A former teacher is now a wanted man. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Pascal Jones in connection to the 25 sex-related charges he’s facing in court. Investigators say Jones carried on a sexual relationship with one of his students at Marcus Garvey Charter School.
A former teacher says the current charges are long overdue because the potential for an inappropriate relationship was reported years before the school took action. The former teacher asked us to conceal her identity, but says she taught on the same floor as Jones and witnessed him and the girl alone together more than once. “The glass to the classroom was usually covered with paper whether it was children's artwork or schoolwork or rules or whatever,” the former teacher told Fox 25.
The teacher says students talked openly about an inappropriate relationship existing between the Jones and the young girl. “They had made a lot of alarming, to me they were alarming allegations, that I was surprised others weren't listening to.”
According to court documents the girl says the relationship started in 2010 and all the sex acts happened inside Jone’s classroom.
“It broke my heart to know that I was next door and it could have happened while I was there,” the former teacher said. The teacher said she took her concerns about Jones to the administration at Marcus Garvey in 2011. However she says in her entire time at the school nothing was ever said or done about her report.
Court records indicated the school did hold a teacher’s meeting about the concerns in 2012, but the meeting happened nearly a year after the former teacher says she reported something was wrong. “At the end of the day, it seems like the school is trying to cover it up.”
The former teacher was also alarmed to hear Marcus Garvey hired Jones after his 2008 arrest for possession of marijuana cigarettes. There is no criminal drug charge in online court records from the event, but the arrest should have shown up in a background check.
We called the school and stopped by, but no one with the school would come out to talk to us. We also tried to contact the president of the school’s board, but our calls were not returned.
“How sad is that, when students socially are responding saying he finally got caught; but adults who were blatantly aware because a report was made with the student that was there and they never said anything?” the former teacher questioned. “Who are we protecting? We’re not protecting the students.”
Posted: Monday, March 4 2013, 07:55 PM CST
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Tornado watch issued for western, central Oklahoma
May 18, 2013 22:57 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A tornado watch is in effect for western and central Oklahoma.
The weather system brought severe thunderstorms to the Altus and Clinton areas, as well as Harper County late Saturday afternoon. There were no reports of rotation as evening approached but the tornado watch lasts until 11 p.m. Saturday.
The dangerous weather is forecast to continue into Sunday night as the system progresses to the east.
The tornado watch area Saturday stretched from eastern edge of the Panhandle to include the Oklahoma City area.
Forecasters warn that the system could also bring large hail.
The National Weather Service in Norman reports tennis ball-size hail along U.S. 62 near the border of Harmon and Jackson counties in the state's far southwest.
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