A substitute teacher in the suburbs of Cincinnati was escorted off campus earlier this month because he allegedly sought students’ help to extricate himself from a Nigerian lottery scam.
The help apparently involved the sum of $100.
Officials at Fairfield Middle School in Fairfield, Ohio say the sub, Jay Deutsch, also told a female student she was attractive in a way the student found creepy, according to local ABC affiliate WCPO.
Deutsch allegedly made the comments on March 7 while he was teaching a gifted social studies class. It was first period.
Principal Kristilynn Tourney told The Cincinnati Enquirer that students in the class complained to a second teacher about Deutsch once they had left his class.
Deutsch also seems to have made no attempt to follow the lesson plan left for him by the everyday teacher.
He allegedly managed to be 20 minutes late for another class he was scheduled to teach, too.
Less than three hours after he arrived on campus, then, assistant principal Nancy Wasmer decided she’d had enough and escorted Deutsch off campus. She also notified her bosses at the district headquarters.
Since then, school district officials in a consortium of 16 area school districts have since banned Deutsch from substitute teaching.
Deutsch had been substitute teaching in the area for two years with no complaints prior to his no-good, very-bad day on March 7.
He firmly denies the charges against him.
“I was disappointed with the consortium actions—that they didn’t want to hear my side,” he told the Enquirer. “I’m not going to fight it because it’s not in my best interest.”
Deutsch also acknowledged that he did not follow the regular teacher had left for him, which would have been to show a movie. The problem, according to Deutsch, was that the movie did not sufficiently involve social studies.
He categorically denies discussing any Nigerian scam.
“The subject was crusades,” Deutsch told the Enquirer. “We were discussing that. I was on topic. One of the things we were talking about was the purpose of crusades…nothing to do with Nigerian lottery scams.”
A conventional Nigerian lottery scam involves a fake notice of lottery winnings delivered via email. All the lucky “winner” has to do is pay a small fee (for registration, perhaps, or insurance). Alternatively, scammers can sometimes seek sensitive information such as bank account and credit card numbers, which opens up numerous opportunities for fraud.