Teacher Who Stole Money From Kids' Backpacks Should Have Known She'd Get Caught ... On Camera (VIDEO)


I'm continually astonished by the tech savvy of children. It's amazing how fast they pick up how to use the latest gadget. I mean, I just saw a picture in a friend's Facebook feed of his young daughter, possibly 14 months or so, peeing on her little training potty while simultaneously clicking through her iPad. So it should come as no surprise that a teen at a high school in California was swiftly able to catch a thief who had been ransacking students' backpacks for money. How this super-sleuth teen did it -- and who she ended up catching -- will blow your mind.

After students at Linden High School began having money and other items stolen from the backpacks in their lockers, sophomore Justine Betti decided to stay behind in class -- IN a locker -- after everyone else left. It's then that she spied the culprit, and it was the last person she expected to be rifling through students' personal belongings -- her teacher. Says Justine:

I didn't want to believe that she would do something like that because she was so nice, but then she did it.

Poor Justine has just learned one of life's most difficult lessons: People are often not what they seem.

After she told her classmates what had happened, she says no one believed her. So she decided to take matters into her own hands again. This time with the help of technology.

Justine crawled into one of the classroom's tiny lockers -- with a cellphone camera in hand. She also set up another camera in a different locker at a different angle. This time she was able to catch the sticky-fingered teacher on video.

She brought the video to her principal, who said the matter would be investigated, but told her to delete the video (??!!). But Justine, being a teen, had already shared it with several people, including her father. I'm surprised she hadn't uploaded it to YouTube!

The teacher has been placed on administrative leave. This teacher stole more from these kids than money: She stole their belief in someone they admired and trusted. The kids feel "bad" about what they did, because the teacher -- who had been at the school for 30 years -- was one of their favorites.

But they felt it was the "right thing" to do. And they're right. Anyway, you can't get away with anything these days, folks. Too many cameras around. Especially in a high school.

Are your kids good with technology?


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Ember... Emberbaby

I know public school teachers have been saying they need a raise for a while now... but come on!

nicol... nicolemead91

damn thats crazy! shows that u cant trust anyone! not even ur teachers! come on! kids shouldnt have to worry about their fucking teachers stealing money from them! thats just messed up! 

amber... amberdotsmom

Another example of how schools have been allowed to turn everything upside down and they need to be reigned in (and soon).  A kid, maybe 6 or 7 points his finger at another with the thumb up and the school calls the police because it looks like a gun so it's a "threat".  But a teen catches someone in the act of stealing and they're told to delete the video?  Excuse me Mr Principal but stealing is an actual crime, the fact that it happened in school doesn't negate that (although some administrators will try to argue otherwise) and that request you made is also a crime, it's called tampering with evidence.

nonmember avatar Gretta

Say what?!?! The principal said to DELETE IT??

mypbandj mypbandj

The principal said to delete the video?? I want to hear more about that!

Sheri Ervine Smith

My son attends the high school where this happened. I am absolutely appalled that the principal asked her to delete the video. I am equally appalled that she was not immediately arrested. There is more than sufficient evidence for an arrest. But, it's a small community where everyone knows everyone, especially if you've been around for 30 years. There is really no crime to speak of her, and there is not a city police department. The county sheriff has jurisdiction, and the county seat is in Stockton, which is one of the worst cities in America for drugs and murder. The District Attorney has bigger fish to fry I guess.

gamma4 gamma4

She's on admin leave...what would have happened if the student hadnt already spread it out and had followed the principals order??? Would she have gotyen away with it totally??!!!??

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