Stevie Glasspool, a Broward County, Florida teacher, was arrested Thursday after she was accused of trying to use social media to seduce teenagers, news sources report. Glasspool was booked into police custody on charges of soliciting a child for unlawful sexual conduct using a computer; she is not believed to have had any inappropriate physical contact with minors. She was assigned $25,000 bail. It is unclear whether she has obtained a criminal defense lawyer.
According to reports, Glasspool has a 2008 undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and a graduate degree from American Public University System. She had been working as a social studies teacher at Mavericks Charter High School in Pompano Beach, but switched to Hollywood Academy of Arts & Science at the end of the school year to teach unspecified classes, sources say. There is no indication that she was ever accused of conducting herself improperly while teaching.
When news of her recent arrest broke, the academy reportedly released the following statement: “[Glasspool] is on unpaid leave pending further investigation. We do background checks on every employee prior to them entering the classroom and they are not permitted to go into the classroom unless the background check is clear. Parents have been informed.” Glasspool does not have a criminal record, according to reports.
Sources say Glasspool is tech-savvy, an active participant in social networking and the operator of several websites. On one site displaying her photography, Glasspool reportedly said she is planning to get a master’s degree in photography, “I am a Louisianan born in Texas, I am Cajun French,” Glasspool apparently wrote on the site. “If you make me mad my accent comes out and I can be pretty feisty, but mostly I’m laid back.” Her photography included portraits and landscapes.
It was on Facebook that reports say Glasspool sent teenagers aged 15 to 17 sexually illicit messages, attempting to get them to come over to her house by offering them marijuana. Glasspool is accused of attempting to lure the minors to her home so she could engage in sexual activity with them. “I don’t want you to fall in love with me but I also don’t want you to hit it and quit it,” she allegedly wrote to one student. “Your body is amazing,” “You will be graded on performance,” and “I have marijuana for us to smoke,” she allegedly sent in other messages.
One 17-year-old victim eventually told his parents about the lewd messages, who in turn reported it them to the police. On Thursday, police arrested Glasspool at her home in Boca Raton. It is not known whether she has responded to any of the allegations.
Former students of Glasspool at Mavericks High were taken back by the allegations against Glasspool. Stacey Williams, a 17-year-old former student, said, “When I saw [Glasspool’s] image, it hurt me to the core. I wouldn’t have graduated without her.” Williams reportedly went so far as to say Glasspool had been framed. An unspecified number of other students showed their support for Glasspool on an array of social networking sites, sources say.