As worst teachers in history go, this one was epic. This case gained national attention after a video of Lankford viciously beating a student went viral. The substitute can be seen punching a 15-year-old several times before throwing him on the ground and stomping his back. Lankford has since been fired by the school and charged with aggravated assault.
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Another all-too-common case of inappropriate contact between student and faculty, this story involved a California school psychologist initiating a sexual relationship with her patient, a minor. “This betrayal of trust is even more egregious because she used her position to gain her victim’s trust and then exploited the therapist/patient relationship to prey on one of the very students she was entrusted with helping,” Orange County DA Todd Spitzer said of the case. Boyle now faces statutory rape charges.
One of the most high-profile cases of 2019 was that of 28-year-old teacher Brittany Zamora, who was found guilty of having sex with a 13-year-old student in a classroom while another student kept watch. She then carried out a relationship with the first student, and even tried to convince his father to not go to police. Zamora will spend up to 20 years in prison for her crimes.
Think she’s the worst of the worst teachers in recent history? Keep going…