The Leon County School District on Thursday said it fired Sophina Webb — who was arrested last week on 24 counts of soliciting a minor using a computer — after briefly placing her on administrative leave in late December.
The statement confirming Webb’s termination comes weeks after police said they found thousands of text messages, many of a sexual nature, exchanged between the 27-year-old Webb and a 15-year-old student.
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Some of the messages, according to timestamps in a probable cause affidavit, were even sent during school hours. Webb, of Crawfordville, was an English teacher at Lincoln High School, according to records.
The district’s full statement, sent by spokesman Chris Petley, is below:
“Prior to winter break, the district was notified of an open investigation of a Lincoln High School teacher. The teacher was placed on administrative leave.
“During winter break, the teacher was arrested and the district terminated her employment. This matter has been referred to the (state) Department of Education Office of Professional Practices.”
That office, according to its website, “plays an integral part in ensuring that appropriate disciplinary actions are taken against the certificate of an educator certified to teach in Florida.”
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