A schoolteacher who’s been accused of sleeping with a teenage boy has bizarrely blamed the school for the incident.
Mary Beth Haglin was arrested for sleeping with a 17-year-old boy, but has weirdly claimed that the authorities ‘allowed this to happen’.
The teacher even went so far as to accuse authorities at Washington High in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, of ‘turning a blind eye’ to her behaviour, The Mirror reports.
Speaking to The Gazette, Haglin explained that SubCentral, a database that allows substitute teachers to find work, knew about her relationship since February but ignored it to avoid media attention.
The environment the school put me in didn’t help to curb anything.
These people all knew what was going on, but they turned a blind eye because they wanted to protect their school and didn’t want it to get into the limelight.
They allowed this to happen. They knew in February.
Haglin’s also claimed the school knew about her relationship long before they reported it to the police, and that while she appreciates she made a mistake the school have to admit that they dropped the ball.
Iowa police say the former substitute teacher will appear in court next month accused of the sexual exploitation of a minor.