Thursday, April 26, 2018
Criminals in the Classroom - Jane Doe

Jane Doe Case – A Criminals in the Classrooms Update

As part of our series on the quiet epidemic of criminals in North Carolina Classrooms, we featured a story out of Chatham County involving...
Superintendent James Merrill - WCPSS

WCPSS Supt. Merrill Suddenly Announces Retirement

Superintendent James Merrill of Wake County Public Schools (WCPSS) announced his retirement this past week at the Wake County School Board meeting. Merrill's sudden departure...

New NC School Report Card Website unveiled by State Superintendent

NC Superintendent Mark Johnson unveiled the newly redesigned NC School Report Card website this past week. “The brand-new website,, is a resource for parents...
Katherine Ridenhour - Cabarrus cty - Cox Mills High School

Cox Mills High Teacher Charged with Indecent Liberties

A Cox Mills High school teacher was charged with 3 counts of indecent liberties with a student according to the Concord police department. Katherine Ross...
Teachers Misbehaving

CMS Substitute Teacher Faces 7 Felony Counts [Updated]

A CMS substitute teacher is facing 7 felony counts of indecent liberties with students. Lamont Deshon Barret, age 31, was arrested September 13th in Lexington,...
John Anthony Crusoe - Recovery Fund Photos - Orange County Teacher

Orange County Teacher Arrested For Assault

An Orange County teacher has been arrested for assault on a female after officers were called to a home apparently on a domestic disturbance...
Teacher Arrests - Quiet epidemic - North Carolina - Education - Jane Doe

A Quiet Epidemic: Flawed Process, Broken System

American Lens has been delving into the quiet epidemic of teacher arrests, background checks and what districts are doing - or in some cases,...
Digital Learning - ipad - NC

Digital Learning Grants Approved By NC Board of Ed

Digital Learning grants aimed at facilitating the creation and expansion of digital learning and teaching in North Carolina were approved last week by the...
Toney Waddell Feaster - Lee County Public Schools - Janitor - Quiet Epidemic - peeping

Janitor in Lee Cty Schools Used Cellphone to Peep in Bathroom

A janitor in the Lee County school district was arrested for using a cellphone to peep on another person while they were in a...

Durham Teachers Reenact Toppling of Confederate Statue

A photo was posted to social media of a group of Durham teachers reenacting the recent toppling of a Confederate statue which stood  in...
Test - Bubble Sheet - Testing - EOG - EOC - Test Scores - Education

NC EOG: Alarming Minority Student Scores

The Department of Public Instruction (NC DPI) recently touted NC EOG (End of Grade) scores as 'hopeful' and 'positive'.  A deep dive into the data...

White Supremacy Pyramid has Charter School Parents, Students Upset

A poster depicting a white supremacy pyramid which appeared on the wall of a charter school has parents and students upset. The white supremacy pyramid...
Mark Robert Dexter - Rowan County

Rowan County Teacher Arrested; Thousands of Inappropriate Facebook Messages

A Rowan County teacher is facing charges of indecent liberties with a student. Mark Robert Dexter, 42, was arrested after a complaint was file with...
Teacher Arrests - Quiet epidemic - North Carolina - Education - Jane Doe

Teacher Arrests in NC: A Quiet Epidemic

Over the course of the last six months, American Lens has chronicled teacher arrests and crimes in the state of North Carolina. In January, our...
Scott Walter Curtis - South Caldwell High School

South Caldwell High Teacher Faces Obscene Materials Charge

A South Caldwell High School teacher is facing an obscene materials charge. Scott Walter Curtis, 44, of 20th Avenue N.W. in Hickory, North Carolina was...

American Lens Staff Tweets

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Substitute teacher saves teens from sex offender #HERO #Apex #NCed

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Parents say Cleveland County elementary teacher played offensive song in class What was it? O' Susanna. #nced

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This is called economic manipulation a.k.a socialism. It will not end like he thinks.

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Wait, what? Transgender inmate sues to practice witchcraft at notorious all-male NC prison #ncpol