• CMS employee accused of sending sexual messages to student

    By: Greg Suskin


    CHARLOTTE - A staff member at John Motley Morehead Academy in northeast Charlotte was suspended from her job with pay on Monday. CMS officials told Channel 9 she works for an after-school program at the school on Neal Road. CMS said the suspension is over an alleged incident involving a student.

    That seventh-grade student's mother spoke exclusively to Channel 9, but did not want to be identified. She said she found out what was going on because she kept her 12-year-old son's cellphone on Friday when he went to school, as punishment.

    While she had the phone, she received a text message meant for him.

    "During school hours a text was coming through, and it so happened to be from what i found out to be this person," she said.

    Her son is not involved in any after-school programs, and she's not sure how he met the woman. She said the text messages asked her son if he was a virgin, used expletives about sex, and one even had pictures of sexual acts.

    "I was honestly going to go to the school on Friday, and my intentions were to find out who she was, and beat her up," she said.

    She did go to the school, and the school contacted CMS police, who are now investigating.

    The boy's mother said she later learned that there was inappropriate communication with her son going back to last year, but he didn't tell her about it.

    "He said he felt uncomfortable, so he erased her number," she said.

    When she received the sexual text message on Friday, she quickly called the woman, who heard her voice, and hung up on her.

    CMS has confirmed the name of the suspended school staff member, but Channel 9 has decided not to release it at this time.

    CMS won't say how long the woman will be suspended, or give any specifics about the case. We do know that police now have the boy's cellphone.

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