Georgia teacher resigns after gay sexting student

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A longtime Georgia high school teacher and church music director resigned from his job in education after the 45-year-old was caught gay sexting an 18-year-old student.

Steve DeLaigle (photo) resigned in July, a month after Morgan County school officials and law enforcement officers confronted the Morgan County High School teacher about Instagram messages he sent to an 18-year-old student. DeLaigle allegedly asked the student to join him for cocktails – nude.

Via the Morgan County Citizen:

The student provided screenshots of the electronic messages from DeLaigle to the police, which show DeLaigle suggesting he and the student “drown some cold ones” together, followed by a message that read, “Let’s make it happen bro. Cold beer and buck (expletive) wild.” DeLaigle later messaged the student that he was “hammering Jack and Cokes,” that his drink of choice was whiskey and that he enjoyed “Whisky wild” while “buck naked.”

When the student declined, DeLaigle tried to walk back his unsolicited invitation.

The student replied, “I don’t get down like that,” and DeLaigle responded with, “Didn’t mean us together. Lol. That’s just how I party. But I ain’t down with dudes. Just like to drank (spic) with cool folk like you.” According to the incident report, DeLaigle messaged the student via Instagram and asked the student to add him on SnapChat, an app that allows for video exchanges that are automatically deleted after all parties have received and watched the video message.

Morgan County is about 70 miles east of Atlanta on Interstate 20.

The Morgan County school system filed a complaint with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and accused DeLaigle of encouraging the student to “participate in behavior that would violate a state law.”

“His behavior was detrimental to the health, welfare and morals of a student. I strongly believe that Mr. DeLaigle has impaired his effectiveness as a professional educator,” Superintendent James Woodard wrote in the complaint, according to the Morgan County Citizen.

DeLaigle started at the high school as a music and chorus teacher in 1988. He also coached the school's swim team and served as music director at Madison First United Methodist Church.

Adults sexting with teens is a thing in Georgia. Mayors do it. Cops do it. Coaches do it. School superintendents stick to Grindr, though.

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