Ok, maybe I am cherry picking a little since I made a new header just for Snapchatting teachers. Plus I have 500 emails in my inbox that are all potential stories, so the teacher Snapchat ones tend to stand out. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not an issue.
For example, we go to Elkins, West Virginia, where high school shop teacher Albert Robert Chewning, is accused of allegedly soliciting three different female students for sex. The 37-year-old teacher reportedly cornered a 17-year-old student in a shop closet and tried to kiss her. Chewning was also said to have told the girl she would need to remove her underwear and give it to him in order to take an exam. He was also said to have tried initiating a relationship with the girl over Snapchat using the screen name ‘bigdaddy331998’. That becomes important later.
In a second case, another 17-year-old student complained that Chewning grabbed her butt and Snapchatted a picture of his junk to the girl. There was also a third victim who allegedly had intercourse with Chewney while she was a student at the school, but is 19 now. That girl’s birthday is said to be 3/3/1998, the same number referred to in Chewning’s Snapchat username. Police investigation into Chewning’s Snapchat account showed some type of ‘relationship’ between Chewning and the third victim. While the age of consent in WV is 16, there is what’s called sexual abuse by a person in position of trust, this includes teachers.
If any good can be taken from these stories, it may be not only is Snapchat weeding out these teacher predators, it’s also providing police with tons of evidence. The bad thing is, Snapchat is still being used by these creeps to try to assault children. My recommendation to kids is, don’t let your teachers know your Snapchat handle. If they find out, block them and notify a trusted adult. There are more official and legitimate channels a teacher can use if they really need to get ahold of you for educational purposes only.