A Florida teacher has called it quits after having her daytime chats with a local prisoner revealed by a member of the sheriff’s department on Facebook.
More accurately, the teacher, 52-year-old Donna Barber, engaged in sexual video calls with a county inmate during school hours and on school grounds, all while classes were in session, Franklin County Sheriff A.J. “Tony” Smith said in a Facebook video.
“Jail is not a resort,” Smith told the New York Post. “People in jail need to abide by the rules, you have to have order. Otherwise, you can have chaos, and it can be dangerous for the staff that has to deal with the inmates.”
Along with the calls to the inmate, Smith said the teacher appeared “naked” in her office and displayed drug paraphernalia.
The teacher reportedly worked at the school — which is comprised of grades kindergarten through 12 — for 30 years. She intended to retire at the end of the school year.
Franklin County Superintendent Steve Lanier said that the school board found that the “inappropriate” calls had indeed taken place. The teacher likely would have been fired had she not resigned.
“It’s just not conducive to what we want in a teacher here in Franklin County,” Lanier said, via the Tallahassee Democrat. “When you violate a board policy, we’re going to dismiss you.”
Smith not only named this woman, but three other teachers, in the now-deleted Facebook rant, saying that all have been “exposing themselves to inmates.”
He wanted to charge the women, but per State Attorney Jack Campbell, it is not illegal to have “sexual conversations or even demonstrations between consensual adults.”