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November 23, 2012

Accusations surprise teacher's former students

Two former Walton High School students said Wednesday they are stunned by allegations that biology teacher Stephanie Fletcher had sexual contact with two underage male students at the school, calling her a caring educator who always had the welfare of students in mind.

“She was my favorite teacher in the world,” said Abby Kennedy, 16, of Delhi, who said Fletcher, 28, had been her biology teacher at Walton High School. “She’s an amazing lady who is always very supportive of her students. I don’t think Stephanie could have done what they say she has done.”

Kennedy, now a student at the State University College of Technology at Delhi after earning an general equivalency diploma, said she always received sound advice from Fletcher when she discussed a variety of personal situations with the teacher.

Adam Sanchez, who also had Fletcher as in instructor when he took a biology class at Walton, also said he doesn’t believe the allegations that are the basis of felony charges against the teacher. He claimed some female students wanted to cause problems for Fletcher after receiving failing grades from the teacher.

“These girls were saying she dressed trashily,” Sanchez said. “But Stephanie is an attractive lady, and no matter how she dressed, she looked good.”

According to a deposition that state police filed in Sidney Town Court, one of the alleged victims told investigators that he was “picked on and bullied” by a male teacher who had been having an affair with Fletcher. The alleged victim said he complained about the way the male teacher had been interacting with him in a letter sent to the home of the high school principal, Michael MacDonald.

The alleged victim told investigators that he believed he was being mistreated because the male teacher, whose name is being withheld by The Daily Star, was aware that he and Fletcher had had sexual contact.

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