School board fires Nease teacher under investigation
Physical education teacher accused of sending nude photos on social media
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – A Nease High School teacher accused of sending nude photos to a student via Snapchat was fired Tuesday by the St. Johns County School Board.
Dionne Younce, a physical education teacher, had been suspended with pay while she is investigated by the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.
According to statements from three students, Younce messaged them privately and sent them text messages beginning last fall. One of the students, whose name was not released, said Younce also snapchatted with him. He said it was “casual” but then it turned “sexual” after a while.
He said that he and Younce “started sending nude photos to each other” until rumors started and she told him not to talk about it because she didn't want to get caught.
He said he thought the situation was over until he received a Snapchat message during a basketball game of a picture of Younce wearing only a bra. He said he realized the same message had been sent to a fellow football player.
Another one of the student statements said that Younce called him at night to talk about sports. He said "to be completely honest, (she) used to sometimes be, I think, under the influence (when she called)."
A day after the students gave their statements to school officials, Younce was notified by letter that the district had “elected to dismiss (her) from employment.”
The School Board finalized that decision without comment Tuesday as part of the consent agenda.
The Sheriff's Office continues its criminal investigation of Younce.
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