A school deputy principal who pawned a school laptop to fuel her gambling addiction has been censured by the Teachers Council.
The intermediate school teacher, who was not named in the decision, blamed her gambling addiction and grief over the death of her father for the 2008 theft.
The unidentified school did not know she had pawned off the laptop for money until two years later when she was asked to return it for IT purposes.
She then lied to her principal, saying the laptop had been stolen from her car.
Gambling, stealing, lying to an employer about theft and gambling, it’s another high quality teacher protected by the PPTA and the Teachers Council to continue her gambling fueled rampage.
“It was an easy way to get money to fuel my gambling addiction and even though I knew it was wrong, the temptation was too great,” she said in her letter, contained in the recently released committee decision.
“Since then, I have continued to gamble regularly. My father passed away and to cope with this, I turned to heavy gambling, losing total control again.
“I understand I have taken money away from the school and ultimately the children I teach.”
She resigned as DP, but she still wants to teach. After all, she’s still got a gambling problem to fuel.
“I hope that I get the opportunity to continue as a teacher and to prove that I am trustworthy and reliable.”
How do you know an addict is lying? He/she is talking.