St. Thomas Academy fires teacher over text messages to students

| May 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

St. Thomas Academy fired a theology teacher in her first year at the school after it learned that she sent text messages regarding drugs, alcohol and sex to several students.

The Catholic, all-male college preparatory military high school in Mendota Heights learned of the text messages May 8 and terminated Kristin Vanyo May 9 “because the well-being of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority,” STA said in a May 10 statement. The school noted that it immediately contacted the Mendota Heights Police Department, which is still investigating.

An affidavit of the MHPD search warrant revealed that Vanyo, 45, admitted she wrote a paper for a student in exchange for marijuana, and “purchased and delivered $120 in alcohol for students” before the school’s prom. The school discovered a text message from her on a student’s phone referring to wanting to “cheat” on another relationship with him. Vanyo has not been arrested in the case or criminally charged.

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