“There are official background checks, and then there are teenagers with Google.”
[S]tudents at Lancaster High School near Dallas Googled the new, young pre-calculus teacher and found news stories from Kansas City with allegations that [Tyler] Deaton’s wife, Bethany, 27, was murdered as part of a coverup by a religious cult to hide a series of sexual assaults.
The group’s supposed spiritual leader? Tyler Deaton.
When word spread through the halls of Lancaster last week, district officials suspended Deaton — and the phones started ringing at the Jackson County sheriff’s office.
“We’ve heard from several parents from down there,” Sgt. Ronda Montgomery said Monday. “Everybody wants to know what’s going on.”
He had passed the school hiring check of the FBI and Texas Department of Public Safety databases. Someone else was charged in the woman’s death. That person initially claimed that Tyler Deaton had told him to kill her but recanted that story.
Official are looking into the case to see if it is appropriate for him to be teaching. On one hand, he could be innocent and trying to rebuild his troubled life. On the other hand, as a parent with a aversion to “spiritual leaders” and the horrible nature of the events that took place, I’d be a bit concerned. Thoughts?