Whitley Mizzell: Alabama Teacher Admits to Having Sex With 2 Students

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Whitley Mizzell, a 32-year-old former substitute teacher in Alabama, is in trouble with the law.

According to The Daily Home, Mizzell admitted to having sex with two male students and will be serving a split 10-year sentence. Mizzell will begin by serving two years followed by three years of probation.

If she violates the terms of her probation, Mizzell will have to serve the remaining 8 years.

From the New York Post:

Mizzell was initially indicted in July 2019 on accusations of having sex with two male students. St. Clair County Schools Superintendent Mike Howard said Mizzell had been employed through a third-party firm and was never a district employee, The Daily Home reported last year.

It’s unclear where the sex acts took place. The identities of the students, both of whom were under the age of 19, have not been released, WBMA reported after Mizzell’s arrest last summer.

Over the course of the past year alone, a handful of teachers have been arrested on similar charges, including 25-year-old substitute teacher Alexis Mercedes Boberg in Baltimore, 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. Additionally, Texas teachers Meredith Null and Edna Longoria were arrested on similar charges.

As for why the number of these incidents has seemingly increased, 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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