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Cheryl Grampa, Broward County, Florida Teacher, Accused of Inappropriate Conduct with Students

Cheryl Grampa, Broward County, Florida elementary school teacher, was accused recently of having inappropriate conduct with some of her students, news sources indicate. Grampa, 46, was later investigated by the school board, which suspended her. As a result of another investigation into the allegations, the board revoked Grampa’s license to teach. She later resigned in December 2011. So far, Grampa has not faced any legal charges. It is unclear whether she may face legal charges or a possible lawsuit following an official investigation. It also not yet known whether Grampa has hired a lawyer.

Reports say the alleged misconduct occurred between 2009 and 2010 when Grampa worked as an elementary school teacher at the Cooper City Elementary School. According to reports, Grampa would give her children prizes in exchange for massages. In one such case, a student, whose age was not listed in reports, allegedly touched Grampa around her breasts and groin during a massage. Reports say Grampa did not report the misconduct to her superiors. It is unclear how many children participated in this kind of behavior. It is also not known how the school eventually heard about the alleged misconduct.

Once word got out, the Broward County School Board launched an investigation. They initially decided to have Grampa attend additional classroom training. However, the allegations escalated in 2011 after a mental health assessment, after which the school board revoked Grampa’s license to teach and dubbed her “unfit for duty as a classroom teacher.” She later resigned, sources say. So far, it is unclear whether Grampa will face any legal charges; there is no indication that she ever touched any students inappropriately. Reports did not say whether anyone from the district commented on the case. A school board administrator told reporters that he stands by the decision to revoke Grampa’s license.

Grampa is not the only teacher in Broward County who attracted negative attention recently; several other teachers have had their licenses revoked as well following allegations of sexual misconduct. Among them is David Layman, 20, of Weston, Florida. According to reports, Layman worked as a music instructor at the Imagine Charter School in Florida. In March, he was arrested and later convicted of having sexual contact with a number of his pupils.

Another teacher, identified as 36-year-old Christine Lammer of Pembroke Pines, was arrested in May after she allegedly mailed naked pictures of herself to an underage student. Lammer worked as a English Teacher at the West Broward High School in Florida during the alleged incident. After an investigation into the allegations, Lammer lost her license to teach.

In neighboring Palm Beach County, another teacher with the Central High School lost her teaching privileges when she allegedly had sexual intercourse with a student, reports say. Susan Rae Keppers, 31, was a reading teacher at the Florida high school before she was accused of having sex with an 18-year-old pupil. It is unclear whether she faced legal charges in the case; having intercourse with an 18-year-old is not against any laws. Despite this, after an investigation by the school board, the committee decided to revoke her license to teach.

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