Drunk teacher wins unemployment benefits; gets to keep license

DES MOINES, Iowa — If Dennis Pagel had taken a box of school supplies while working as a teacher at Dallas-Center Grimes Middle School, he could have gotten in serious trouble.

Luckily for Pagel, he just showed up for work drunk and on OxyContin.

For lighting up a breath test at three times the legal limit, Pagel received a three-day suspension with pay and later was allowed to resign.

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Teacher Jennifer Caswell charged with rape, found with 15-year-old in hotel room

An Oklahoma teacher who decided that an illicit relationship with a teen boy was worth the risk of travel and a rendezvous at a Mississippi hotel has been charged with several counts of rape after police caught her with the 15-year-old. According to authorities in Olive Branch, Miss., Jennifer Caswell, who was already under scrutiny back in her home state of Oklahoma for alleged inappropriate activity with a student, Huffington Post reported Aug. 18, was arrested after being caught in a Best Western hotel with the boy she had been accused of having a relationship with in Hollis, Okla.

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How schools’ delayed start in Ferguson is affecting kids

UDPATED at 10:30 a.m. EDT on Aug. 19: School was supposed to start last Thursday for the kids of Ferguson, Missouri.

But when rioting escalated Wednesday night, Ferguson-Florrisant School District officials made the decision to cancel classes for two days due to safety concerns. On Sunday night, when riots continued to ensue, officials made the decision to cancel classes once again with the hope of reopening on Tuesday. But due to “continued unrest,” school will remain closed for the remainder of the week.

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Police: 2 California teens planned school shooting

SOUTH PASADENA, California (AP) — Two teenage boys in Southern California were arrested after making specific plans to kill three staffers then gun down as many students as possible at their high school, police said.

The boys, who did not yet have weapons but were trying to get them, had been under constant surveillance since the school district informed police of their plans last Thursday, South Pasadena police Sgt. Brian Solinsky said.

He would not elaborate on the plans, but Solinsky said they were "very specific" and included named targets.

"This is a prime example of school officials recognizing suspicious behavior," Solinsky said in a statement Monday. "It was this information that helped prevent a horrific tragedy."


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Bomb threat, ransom demand cancel first day for Utah school

A bomb threat, accompanied by a $10 million cash ransom demand, canceled classes Tuesday on what was supposed to be the first day of the new school year for West Lake High School in Saratoga Springs.

The Utah County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the school, at 99 N. Thunder Blvd. (200 West), and the area around it, including some streets, remained cordoned off by law enforcement officers as of 7 a.m. as a thorough search of the property was being conducted.

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