Meredith Null, a 29-year-old former teacher at Coldspring-Oakhurst High School in Texas, has been arrested and charged for allegedly having an illicit relationship with an underage student.
Null, 29, voluntarily resigned from her position as teacher and softball coach at Coldspring-Oakhurst High School on Thursday, February 7, after she was charged with having an improper relationship with a student.
At this time, police have not disclosed the exact nature of the relationship between Null and the unidentified student.
Null was arrested on Thursday, February 14 and was subsequently released on a $10,000 bond.
Authorities did not provide much further information on Null’s arrest at this time. However, police did say that Null is cooperating with the police investigation.
Since the beginning of 2019 alone, a handful of teachers have been arrested on similar charges, including Beulah High School teacher Kelsie Schmidt in North Dakota, Rancocas Valley Regional High School teacher Alexandra Reiner in New Jersey, and 50-year-old Florida substitute teacher Angela Jean Stanton in Florida.
As for why there has been an increase in teacher’s being charged with sex-related crimes over recent years, studies suggest that smartphones are the primary reason for the spike in illicit relationships, as it allows teachers to communicate with the minors without supervision.
According to a report from the Texas Education Association, smartphones make easy for teachers to privately text and talk with students and also make it possible for teachers and students to share explicit images.
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