Earlier this week, American Lens reported on three more teacher arrests in North Carolina.
Since that report, several more have been added to the tally.
WWAY: Shanna May Harrelson
McVicker said Harrelson was charged with one count of Disseminating Obscene Material to a Minor, one count of Crimes Against Nature and one count of Sex Act With a Student.
Harrelson was placed under a $55,000 secured bond.
WCNC: Elizabeth Johnson Palma
A Wheatmore High School teacher was charged with DWI and Fleeing To Elude Arrest With a Motor Vehicle Saturday morning after leading authorities on a high speed chase into Ramseur.
Elizabeth Johnson Palma, 31, was arrested Saturday morning and charged by Ramseur Police and the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office after about a 30-minute chase through Randolph County.
The officers had to use stop sticks to end the chase and the charges also included Resisting a Public Officer and Reckless Driving.
Charlotte Observer: Jeb Stuart Bass
A Catawba County Schools high school coach has been charged with statutory rape after allegedly having sex with a student.
Jeb Stuart Bass of Newton was also charged Monday with one count of sexual offense with a student, said the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.
Bass is a junior varsity JV basketball coach at Fred T. Foard High School, located on Plateau Road in Newton.
The number of teacher arrests reported each week has been a steady stream since the beginning of the year. The total number of teacher arrests American Lens has tracked since the start of 2017 now stands at 27.
To date, only 14 teachers have faced administrative action, including revocation of their teaching license. None of the 27 American Lens has reported on have yet to be included in that list.
Read more in our previous report: Arrests for Heroin, Sexual Assault, DWI and Number of Sex Acts In NC Have Common Denominator
North Carolina House Bill 117, Protect Students in Schools, was filed in February of this year and passed the first reading in the House.
The bill now sits in the Finance committee and has yet to find its way to the floor for a final vote by the House and the Senate.