Teacher Accused Of Texting Student, Asking For Picture On Class Trip

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A teacher was on paid leave on Tuesday accused of inappropriately contacting a student on a class trip.

A female student said that she received a text message from a teacher, identified as Chad Bell, while on a class trip to Washington, D.C.

According to mother Kim Bush, her eighth-grade son, who attends Genoa Middle School, went on the trip.

Bush said that she was asked to put her child’s cell phone number on an emergency contact sheet, 10TV’s Tanisha Mallett reported.

“I thought it would only be in emergency situations,” Bush said. “It is alarming that you send your kid with your schools, you think they are safe and protected, and these types of goings on are happening. It is very disturbing.”

According to text messages, Bell, 29, texted a female student, referring to her as his “favorite” and said, “We need to get a picture.”

The girl replied to the message asking “Who is this?” and “How did you get my phone number?”

Bell allegedly replied “It’s on a list, so we can keep track of you. Don’t worry about it.”

Bush said that she was worried, especially because she has a daughter in the seventh grade.

“It would definitely be a concern that I would raise with the school if she were going to be an eighth grader at Genoa,” Bush said.

According to Bell’s personnel file, Bell denied sending the messages but later admitted to the messages when questioned again.

Bell is on paid leave pending the outcome of a hearing, Mallett reported.

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