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Florida Public School Teacher Charged With Filming Students Changing on Two Occasions

He also supplied them with alcohol.

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A Florida public school teacher has been arrested for filming students changing at a pool party at his house in 2011 and again at the school in 2018.

Thomas John Kovack, 41, admitted to detectives that he filmed multiple students changing in the bathroom during the pool party while he was a teacher at J.W. Mitchell High School. He also supplied them with alcohol.

“Kovack provided the students with alcohol and offered for them to spend the night,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “While no students stayed the night, several were captured on the hidden camera without their knowledge or consent.”

Pasco County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kovack on Tuesday. In addition to confessing to filming students without their knowledge, he also told detectives where he was storing a hard drive with the videos.

Kovack went on to teach at Fivay High School, where a student caught him filming her while she changed.

NBC News reports that in 2018, “a student said she was changing for yearbook photos in a classroom closet when she found an iPhone filming her. She told authorities she saw Kovack setting up the phone to record after watching the video from the beginning, according to a complaint affidavit.”

The teacher claimed that he “regretted his actions” and deleted that footage.

Kovack has now been charged with video voyeurism in two counties.

“Kovack was in custody at the Pinellas County Jail as of Wednesday afternoon, according to inmate records. He had an initial appearance in court for the 10 charges stemming from the 2011 pool party on Wednesday and is scheduled to appear for a bond hearing at 10 a.m. May 19,” the report states.

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Poll Finds 40% of Families More Likely to Homeschool or Virtual School After Lockdowns

“Homeschooling is the new status quo.”

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A new national poll has revealed that 40 percent of families are more likely to continue home or virtual schooling after the lock downs end.

The RealClear Opinion Research survey also found that 64 percent of registered voters support school choice.

Homeschool has been under attack in a big way since the lock downs began, but mainstream media’s efforts to dismiss it is clearly not resonating with voters.

“Every single family with kids in school has been incredibly disrupted by the lockdowns. With 55 million students no longer in their normal educational setting, families are clearly considering new options and many are seeing the benefits of homeschooling and virtual schooling. Policymakers should note that there is a strong desire to have these and other educational options available to families, with both strong support for the general concept of school choice and even stronger support for a specific federal proposal, Education Freedom Scholarships,” John Schilling, President of the American Federation of Children, said in response to the poll results.

Schilling added that this is the time for leadership and for desperately needed bold reforms to be implemented across our K-12 education system.

“Millions of families are seeing the inadequacies of school districts that are too inflexible,” Schilling said. “We owe it to our nation’s families and students to give them more flexibility and additional educational options. Moreover, policymakers owe it to the taxpayers who are footing the $800 billion K-12 education bill to maximize their investment by ensuring every child has access to a quality education and outcomes are improved across the board.”

More black and Asian parents said that they are more likely to consider homeschooling now, with 50.4 percent of black voters saying so, and 53.8 percent of Asian parents. Just 36.3 percent of white parents said the same, and 38.2 percent of Hispanic.

The issue did not seem to be partisan, however, as 45.7 percent of Democrats said they are more likely to consider homeschool, as well as 42.3 percent of Republicans.

Corey A. DeAngelis, the director of school choice at the Reason Foundation told the District Herald that these shutdowns have helped parents to realize that homeschool works better than government schooling.

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Arkansas Middle School Teacher Arrested for Rape, Sexually Grooming Child

He is currently being held at Mississippi County Jail without bond.

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An Arkansas public school teacher has been arrested on suspicion of rape, sexually grooming a child, and internet stalking a child.

Blytheville Middle School teacher Gregory Briggs, 29, was arrested on Thursday according to a statement from the town’s Police Chief Ross Thompson.

The investigation into Briggs began when the parents of a 13-year-old student contacted police about inappropriate sexual conduct from the teacher.

“They reported that they had been contacted by the parent of a 13-year-old student who had evidence of inappropriate contact of a sexual nature between their child and 29-year-old Gregory Briggs, a teacher with the Blytheville Public Schools,” Thompson said in a press release.

As law enforcement investigated the case, they uncovered evidence of additional crimes against other students.

The Blytheville Police received assistance from the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children division and school officials during the investigation.

Briggs is currently being held at Mississippi County Jail without bond.

A Missouri public school teacher was also arrested this week and charged with sexual exploitation of a minor.

According to investigators, Cassville School District teacher Brandon McCullough used the messaging app Kik to contact a minor in New Jersey under a fake name. The investigation found that in May of last year he engaged with a sexually explicit chat with the child, including sending pornographic images. The victim told law enforcement that she felt trapped as the teacher kept requesting more explicit photographs and threatening to post the ones she had sent if she did not comply.

A Florida school teacher was also arrested and charged this week for filming students changing on multiple occasions.

Thomas John Kovack, 41, admitted to detectives that he filmed multiple students changing in the bathroom during the pool party while he was a teacher at J.W. Mitchell High School. He also supplied them with alcohol.

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Police and School District Ignored Complaints From Parents About Pedophile Principal Arrested By FBI

He asked the girls to call him “daddy.”

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An elementary school principal from Alaska was arrested by the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force and charged with possession of child pornography, attempted coercion of a child and sexual abuse of a minor in 2019.

The school claims there were no warning signs, but parents of students at Gladys Jung Elementary had went to the police about Principal Christopher Carmichael, 55, at least twice over the last four years.

An investigation by the Anchorage Daily News and local station KYUK also found that in 2016, Carmichael admitted behavior to his supervisors that, under Alaska ethics laws for educators, could have cost him his teaching certificate. Instead, the Lower Kuskokwim School District allowed him to remain at school and did not fire him until after his arrest in December.

“I’d like to know why the hell he wasn’t fired,” Susan Murphy, who served as school board president in 2016 when state troopers first investigated Carmichael, told the Anchorage Daily News.

Parents in the district became alarmed about his behavior when the principal began giving expensive gifts to young girls and sending them late night messages on Facebook.

In early 2018, an 11-year-old child told her mother that Carmichael “looked down at her breasts and then touched her breasts with his hand.” Carmichael claimed in a phone call with the girl’s mother, which was recorded by police, that he “was probably joking around and wrestling the kids.”

Another victim, referred to as “Victim C” in the charges, said that he would grope her in offices and school closets where he could avoid security cameras. “Bethel police learned of the new victim in June 2019, around the same time the state board of education renewed Carmichael’s certificate to work as a school principal for another five years,” ADN reports.

“This touching usually occurred later in the afternoon after the teachers and staff had gone home,” according to the state felony charges against Carmichael. He asked the girl to call him “daddy.”

The girl claims that he had “befriended” her when she was in third grade and stayed in touch after elementary school.

“The parents of two girls who allege the principal molested them have filed a lawsuit against the district in state court in Bethel. In a legal response to the suit, the school district wrote that no sexual abuse of the girls by Carmichael occurred,” the report explains.

The principal was not arrested until the FBI obtained explicit texts to a phone number that he believed belonged to a 13-year-old girl, asking the girl to masturbate, send him photos and call him “daddy.”

Following his arrest, Lower Kuskokwim School District Superintendent Dan Walker said that he was not aware of any concerns about Carmichael. He maintains his shock, saying in a statement just last week that “twice LKSD reviewed the facts and saw nothing that put a child at risk. Not only did I not see it coming, I do not believe that the people who worked directly with Carmichael saw it coming either.”

Walter continued to praise the man who has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor and is accused of molesting multiple students, saying in a statement to the outlets investigating that “Carmichael had been an incredibly popular principal with students, staff and parents and had a solid reputation as a principal.”

“He was the kind of person who had the reputation of bending over backwards to help people. Carmichael was well-respected by students, staff and parents,” the statement continued.

Carmichael has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

“The threshold is much, much lower for protecting students in the classroom than in a criminal court,” said Melody Mann, executive director for the teaching standards commission.

Carmichael’s next hearing is scheduled for June in Bethel.

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