Fifty-five-year-old Severna Park gym teacher Jerry Parker Hines Jr. is in hot water after he was arrested Wednesday and charged with multiple counts of theft — it is believed that he was taking money from the locker-room. The Capital Gazette reported that Hines has been reassigned to a “position where he won’t have contact with students.”
A spokesman for the school told Capital Gazette, “It’s a very disturbing and disappointing situation. We put educators in schools, in places of trust, and something like this happens, and it’s very disheartening.” According to a Gazette profile on Hines from January of 2016, Hines coached football at Severna Park from 1998 until 2010 and was hired to coach at Northeast High School in Pasadena, Md., in 2016.
CBS Baltimore reported that the teacher is charged with “with three counts of theft less than $100, one count of theft less than $1,000 and one count of theft scheme less than $1,000.” Students on RateMyTeachers.com spoke highly of the educator. Almost all of the reviews were five stars, and the only three-star review was from 2011 when a student asked, “Anyone else think he’s high on something all the time?”