The Perils of Cybersex
A murdered principal met his suspected killers through "a phone chat line."
2:15 PM, May 5, 2010 • By VICTORINO MATUS
When news first broke of the murder of Shaw Middle School principal Brian Betts, the outpouring of grief from the student body and the D.C. community was immense. "With him, potentially more than any other principal in this city, these children are going to be devastated because they have such an intense relationship with him," D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee told the Washington Post. Betts was one of Rhee's leading lights, a hero for those interested in serious school reform. According to the Post, "Betts often said he disagreed with the idea that poverty and broken families are unchanging causes of academic malaise. He saw himself and his staff as responsible for turning students around. He would cook dinners for his students and chew them out on the phone for missing homework."
Sadly, embarrassing revelations have since come out, in which Principal Betts had met his alleged killers, three 18-year-old males, through a phone-sex service (he had been specifically seeking out one of the suspects). Today's writeup in the Post explains just how this all happens and the do's and don'ts of the business. But perhaps the most jarring paragraph of all is this:
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