Friday, June 20, 2008

School principal charged with shoplifting loses job

Why would somebody making $102,000 a year shoplift $25 worth of items from a supermarket?

A middle school principal in a rural Berks County school district is out of a job because of her arrest for shoplifting.

The Schuylkill Valley School Board voted 6-3 to terminate Judith Sargent after Sargent, 57, was accused of taking items from Redner's Warehouse Market on Feb. 28, according to the Reading Eagle.

Sargent was recently accepted into the Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition program, which allows first-time offenders to clear their records by successfully completing a probationary period, the newspaper says.

Even with her criminal record expunged, most school officials sign a morals clause when they're hired. And stealing is part of that agreement.

Read the full story at the newspaper's Web site.

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