Another teacher accused of bribery

Published 10:17 pm Wednesday, February 22, 2006

By By Janet Little Cooper
Another teacher has been accused of taking bribes from students at Ernest Ward Middle School.
The allegations were made as officials continue to investigate the alleged activity of physical education teacher Terrance Braxton.
"Yes, allegations have been made," Ernest Ward Principal Nancy Perry said. "I have turned over any information I have to the Escambia County Sheriff's office and the school district."
Ernest Ward Middle School physical education teacher Terrance Braxton turned himself in at the Escambia County Jail in Pensacola last week. Braxton, 28, of Atmore, was charged with six counts of bribery for allegedly charging students a dollar for not dressing out and participating in the physical education activity.
"Mr. Braxton was allegedly charging students at Ernest Ward Middle School a dollar for each time they did not want to dress out for his physical education class," Sgt. Mike Ward of the Escambia County Fla. Sheriffs Office said. "In return, the students received full credit, or 100 percent, for participation on that day."
According to sheriff's department reports, Braxton allegedly collected approximately $230 from students. Braxton was in his second year at Ernest Ward. Last year he was the boy's P.E. teacher, but was assigned to teach both boys and girls P.E. due to personnel cuts. He was also the head coach for the boy?s basketball team.
The teacher resigned from his position at Ernest Ward on Jan. 13 prior to being terminated by the school district for the allegations of bribery.
Perry appeared live last night on MSNBC's "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" to discuss the recent allegation. Since the story first appeared in "The Atmore Advance" on Feb. 12, it has gained national attention from numerous news agencies.

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