Middle School Gym Teacher Accused of Having a Sexual Relationship With an 8th Grade Student

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There are few people parents trust more than their child's teacher, which is why it's so deeply disturbing when we find out an educator has used his or her authority to take advantage of a child. A middle school PE teacher in Union County, Georgia, was arrested after authorities say she engaged in a sexual relationship with an eighth grade student.


Union County Middle School gym teacher Shawnetta D. Reece -- now 40 -- was formerly the girls' track and field coach at Union County High School in 2013, when authorities say the inappropriate relationship started. At the time, the victim, who has not been identified, was only 15 years old.

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According to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation press release, Reece has been arrested for child molestation and "sexual assault by persons with supervisory or disciplinary authority." She was booked into the Union County jail, though she was later released.

Reece has yet to comment on the charges made against her, though as of this reporting she has scrubbed her social media presence, deleting her Twitter and Facebook pages. However, a few cached images exist, showing the former teacher posing with students after track meets.


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It is not clear if Reece is currently employed by the Union County School District, though the Atlanta news outlet AJC describes her as a "former" teacher. Either way, it's unsettling to think about how long she was possibly working with other teens before these allegations came to light.

As parents, we need to be able to trust teachers in taking care of our children, which is why stories like these are so sad and unsettling. We can only hope for the victim's sake that this teacher is brought to justice.

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