Middle school teacher gives teens alcohol at Pompano Beach park, deputies say

A South Florida middle school teacher was arrested last week after deputies said they found two intoxicated teenagers in his car at a Pompano Beach park after it had closed.

David Stokes, 45, of North Lauderdale, was arrested Friday on two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and trespassing on a beach or park after hours.

Stokes is listed as a history teacher on the website for Ramblewood Middle School in Coral Springs.

According to a Broward Sheriff’s Office arrest affidavit, deputies found Stokes and the 16-year-old children in a Honda Accord that was parked inside the closed park at 100 N. Pompano Beach Blvd.

“Both juveniles were visibly intoxicated … with slurred speech and were unbalanced on their feet,” the report said.

The teens told deputies that Stokes picked them up at their homes, unbeknownst to their parents, and gave them alcohol. One of the teens claimed to have taken 24 cough drops bought by Stokes to enhance intoxication.

Deputies didn’t say whether the teens were boys or girls.

Local 10 News attempted to contact the Broward County school district for comment, but schools were closed Thursday for Rosh Hashanah.

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Pembroke Pines teacher accused of sending porn, sexual text messages to student

A teacher at a Pembroke Pines school is accused of sending pornography and inappropriate text messages to a 14-year-old student.

Sylvers Robinson, 29, of Miami, was arrested Monday. He is a teacher at Harvard International Academy, where the teenager is a student.

Pembroke Pines police said Robinson began to take a special interest in the student, making comments about his attire and standing close to the boy.

According to an arrest report, Robinson snatched the boy’s cellphone from him while they were at school Sept. 5 and searched through the phone, dialing a telephone number and hanging up. Later that day, police said, the boy began receiving text messages from Robinson, who called him “cute” and asked if he was a virgin. Police said Robinson also asked the boy to accept his Instagram request and sent the boy a picture of a man having oral sex.

Police said Robinson continued to make sexual innuendos and sent a shirtless picture of himself to the boy’s phone. This time, however, an undercover detective posing as the boy received them.

The boy’s mother called police after he told her that a teacher at his school was making him feel uncomfortable.

Police said the undercover detective continued to communicate with Robinson. Among the topics Robinson discussed, according to the report, were the boy’s penis size and what he was wearing in bed.

After his arrest, Robinson told police that “the text messages and his intentions were taken out of context,” according to the report. Robinson told police he was only trying to be a “big brother” for the boy.

According to the report, Robinson said he didn’t believe he did anything wrong and felt that he was being targeted by the boy because of his sexual orientation.

Police said they found 14 condoms and two tubes of sexual lubricant in Robinson’s backpack.

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Broward and Miami-Dade counties plan to reopen schools Monday

Even if you haven’t recovered from Hurricane Irma, public schools in Miami-Dade and Broward counties will reopen Monday morning.

Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie made the announcement Saturday and Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho’s announced it Sunday. 

“There may be delays, inconvenience and a bit of discomfort,” Carvalho tweeted. “We ask for your patience as we transition back to school.”

Some bus routes could be delayed, because drivers will have to maneuver around debris and downed trees. They will also have to make full stops at intersections without working traffic lights. Police officers and crossing guards were also reporting to work around the schools to help keep students safe. 

There were some protests on social media when Monroe County Schools Superintendent Mark Porter asked employees to report back to work on Thursday and Friday. Residents were just making their way back to the Lower Keys Sunday. He is planning to reopen schools Sept. 25-28. 

This hurricane season has been challenging for teachers and students in the public school districts of Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties. Hurricane Irma made landfall in Monroe County a week ago, but the Category 4 storm was so massive it left some damage in South Florida. 

Tropical Storm Maria was expected to strengthen into a hurricane Sunday, and the Local 10 News’ Weather Center meteorologists reported it was threatening Puerto Rico and the Lesser Antilles, but it was too soon to determine if it was going to impact South Florida. 

While all of the Broward County schools had power, Richmond Heights Middle School in Miami-Dade didn’t, so those students were going to be relocated to Coral Reef Senior High School

Runcie acknowledged some families were still facing challenges, so the schools will be providing free breakfast and lunch to all students for the next several weeks. The before and after school child care will also reopen Monday.


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Here is how Sister Margaret Ann became a celebrity

The storm left downed trees and branches all around Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School in Southwest Miami-Dade’s Kendall neighborhood.

Sister Margaret Ann Laechelin saw a driver spin in the mud, off the road and nearly crash into a wall. The road was blocked and someone could get hurt, she thought, and whe knew there were chainsaws in the closet. 

Despite the hot sun, the Carmelite Sister of the Most Sacred Heart always wears the traditional dark tunic, her white bonnet and a waist-length black veil. The nun’s holy habit didn’t stop her. She put on some gloves.

Laechelin is also the school principal. The rank didn’t stop her either. She knew time was of the essence. The resourceful Catholic nun used Google to get instructions, grabbed the chainsaw and got to work on some fallen trees in the Hammocks area. 

A Miami-Dade police officer shared a video showing her contribution to the clean up effort near 167th Avenue and 103rd Street. 

“I understand that the video has really gone worldwide, so that’s kinda funny,” the modest nun said about becoming known worldwide as the “chainsaw sister.”

There was a “Nun with a chainsaw hash tag” on social media. 

Reporters from The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, Fox News, Inside Edition, CBS News, NPR and other media took notice of her willingness to help. The Archdiocese of Miami plans to reopen Catholic schools Tuesday and Sister Margaret Ann plans to be there to welcome her 400 students. 

“The students are telling me, they are saying, ‘Sister, you are no wimp! You will get out there and work with us.’ And that is really the way it should be,” she said. “That’s the way sisters really are. We are not just sitting back praying.”


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