There are plenty of blogs, social media feeds, and newspaper ink dedicated to logging every scandal, crime, or fraud in non-traditional schools. We’re told constantly that the district schools have strong oversight which prevents the issues other systems experience.
You know that’s false.
But, since we’re playing that game, I’ll offer a counter-story which gives new meaning to the old Vidal Sassoon commercials (Google it millennials) that said: “if you don’t look good, we don’t look good.”
This from The Belleville News-Democrat in Jefferson County, Illinois:
A former teacher accused of stealing more than $300,000 from a Southern Illinois school district and using the money for plastic surgery and a boat has pleaded guilty to felony theft.
Sabrina Wheatley, 56, was charged in 2016 with theft of more than $100,000 from a school, official misconduct and seven counts of income tax fraud. She was arrested in Florida.
She had worked for the Webber Township School District in Bluford. She was found guilty of all charges, according to WSIL television, and could face up to 30 years in prison.
Wheatley’s predicament could easily rip a line from Bernadette Cooper’s 1990 song “I Look Good.”
In it Cooper sings “they love me, they hate me, but they all say I look good.
That might be one too many old school references.
Embezzlement is serious, especially when it involves breaking the public’s trust with its institutions, but, in Wheatley’s defense, there is intense pressure society on aging people to remain youthful looking.
In 2017 there were 17.5 million surgical and minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the United States,” according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
The Tummy tuck that Wheatley had is among the top five cosmetic surgery operations performed.
While Wheatly had to embezzle funds from her school district to have the procedure, teachers in Buffalo had cosmetic surgery (including tummy tucks) covered in their contract.