Teachers, parents, and students were in shock after hearing the news that math teacher Danita Wilson was arrested on charges of sexual abuse. Parents received letters from the Charlton County High School in Folkston, Georgia, saying that the married, 32-year-old mother of two was arrested for allegedly having sex with seven of her students.
First Coast News reported that the alleged activity has been going on for more than a year.
The Charlton High School Board received an unknown tip about the alleged flings and were turned in to the County Sheriff's office. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation conducted an investigation after a request was made at the County Sheriff's Office. The County Sheriff's office took Danita Wilson in for questioning after she turned herself in Tuesday afternoon. She was released from jail on a bond Wednesday evening.
School Superintendent John Lairsey, who issued the her suspension, said he knew Danita for a decade when he was a principal at the school: "We're just shocked and disappointed. And it's just hard to believe. Just disappointed and disheartened that people we put our trust in would violate that trust."
Folkston residents were shocked by the scandal in this small town. "I don't know what these people were thinking that they keep doing this to children, that it's permissible. I don't understand it," resident Juliette Wilson told FCN.
Former student Cody Stebbins told Action News that he couldn't believe what he was hearing about his former teacher: "There were rumors, but I didn't believe them," he said. "It's just mind-blowing because I never thought of her like that, you know."
Wilson became a math teacher at the school in 2003 and has ever since been married with two kids.
The GBI charged Wilson with seven counts of alleged sexual assault of a minor. Seven of her victims were between the ages of 15 and 16. Reports say that she will be suspended with pay until her hearing on her employment.