Substitute Seminar

By: Amy Morris
By: Amy Morris

Bay County schools are pulling in the reins to make sure its students are safe with substitute teachers, this in response to the recent arrest of a sub for allegedly having sex with a student in a classroom.

You hear about it all too often, sexual relationships between a student and a teacher. Tuesday Bay County sheriff's deputies arrested a Bay High School substitute teacher on sexual battery charges. Investigators say the man had sex with a 17-year-old student.

Now, school officials are looking at ways to make sure that doesn't happen again. Twenty-four-year-old Cornelius Campbell is behind bars after the girl's mother found an e-mail from Campbell indicating the he had sex with her daughter in a classroom.

Investigators say Campbell admitted to having consensual sex with the 17-year-old girl. This incident has led Bay County school officials to reexamine their substitute teacher screening process, which now only includes fingerprinting.

"We are in the process of developing an orientation that every sub would have to go through before we would give them their substitute card," says James McCalister, Bay County Superintendent.

McCalister says by the end of the summer all current and new substitutes will have the training, but even with these measures the danger still remains. That's where parental involvement can make all the difference.

"If a child finds themselves in an uncomfortable situation they should always report it to an adult," says Dave Humphreys of the PC Beach Police.

Humphreys says there are other steps you can take to make sure your child is safe. We know it's hard but try and have an open dialogue with your kids. Talk to them ask them about the school day and don't except 'fine' as an answer. Be dependable. Let your kids know if and when they come to you, you will be there to listen.


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