`Dragon' Smokes Out Thefts

Full story: Hartford Courant

"The Green Dragon" did Jody Kress in. For four years, staff at Hanmer and Charles Wright elementary schools suspected that "The Green Dragon" and hundreds of other books that had gone missing from the schools ...
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Wethersfield parent

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Mar 9, 2007
 
Excellent detective work by the Wethersfield Police Department. What a pathetic "teacher."
Dan

Middle Haddam, CT

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Mar 9, 2007
 
Paid administrative leave? Are you kidding? She stole 2,000 dollars from the school, and she is getting paid for her crime? I don't think that is right.
Tom

Durham, CT

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#3
Mar 9, 2007
 
If she is proven guilty, throw the book at this crook!
Rob

Wethersfield, CT

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#4
Mar 9, 2007
 
$2,000 - while a alright chunk of change - does not seem like enough to ruin your career over.

Especially with all the hastles of shipping, listing the items, etc.

No wonder kids are getting so stupid these days... when the teachers who they are supposed to be learning from are setting a bad example from the start.
Morgan

East Granby, CT

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#5
Mar 9, 2007
 
Paid administrative leave, what a joke, how infuriating, those are my tax dollars paying that slime.
A parent

Wethersfield, CT

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#6
Mar 9, 2007
 
I agree, Dan. Also, the Superintendent's "no comment" leaves something to be desired. How about something like "While we respect that the criminal system will ultimately determine the guilt or innocence of this employee and acknowledge this employee's privacy rights, Wethersfield Public Schools will not tolerate theft of public assets. Wethersfield will aggressively pursue all legal remedies to obtain full restitution for all monetary losses which prove to be attributable to this individual."
Stan

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#7
Mar 9, 2007
 
Maybe the Teacher's Union wants to put this lady in a position of power. She is a crook and stupid. She sounds perfect for it.

Will counclers be availble for students on Monday who want to discuss this incident??? LOL.

The system is broke. Enjoy the last 10 years this country has before we destroy ourselves from within.
disgusted co-worker

Berlin, CT

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#8
Mar 9, 2007
 
This is just the tip of the iceberg...think of how much we don't know about...it has been going on for years!! Now, she's out on paid leave, and the town is paying another teacher to take over for her. The biggest loss is to the children. She betrayed their trust and should NEVER teach again!!
yet another co-worker

Plainville, CT

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Mar 9, 2007
 
Although Mrs. Kress did commit a crime,(a serious one at that) she must have some type of illness to do this, and is to be pitied. Someone in her right mind would not do something of this nature...Also, for those who know her...she IS a gifted teacher and no one can take that from her!
Jay

Newington, CT

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Mar 9, 2007
 
I still can't believe that someone would blow their career for $2000.

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Mar 10, 2007
 
yet another co-worker wrote:
Although Mrs. Kress did commit a crime,(a serious one at that) she must have some type of illness to do this, and is to be pitied. Someone in her right mind would not do something of this nature...Also, for those who know her...she IS a gifted teacher and no one can take that from her!
!!!!!A gifted teacher!!!!! Without morals how could she be a "gifted teacher". The only illness she could have would be GREED. She should never be allowed to use her "gift" again.
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Plainville, CT

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Mar 10, 2007
 
I Believe In:
Not leaving footprints, sustainable living, letting each person have an opinion without jumping all over them.........freedom of speech.....
I'm glad you believe in freedom of speech...because it is that very freedom that allows me to say someone IS a gifted teacher despite their imperfections...
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Mar 10, 2007
 
A gifted teacher? One should not comment on things that they know little about. I beg to differ. And, that I KNOW!!!
By the way...there was also no remorse expressed at the time of her arrest!
Pity? No way. I pity the children and the taxpayers in the Town of Wethersfield!!

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Mar 10, 2007
 
yet another co-worker wrote:
I Believe In:
Not leaving footprints, sustainable living, letting each person have an opinion without jumping all over them.........freedom of speech.....
I'm glad you believe in freedom of speech...because it is that very freedom that allows me to say someone IS a gifted teacher despite their imperfections...
STALKER
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Mar 11, 2007
 
yet another co-worker wrote:
Although Mrs. Kress did commit a crime,(a serious one at that) she must have some type of illness to do this, and is to be pitied. Someone in her right mind would not do something of this nature...Also, for those who know her...she IS a gifted teacher and no one can take that from her!
Gifted teacher ??? Sorry ... she lost that distinction the first time she decided to steal resources from her students, not to mention their trust.
Observers Enemy

Hartford, CT

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#16
Mar 11, 2007
 
Was the teacher hot? Perhaps instead of stealing she could have molested some children (that's sarcasm).
ANON

North Kingstown, RI

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#17
Mar 13, 2007
 
She has done this before, she stole from a daycare center as she worked there as a part time job. What an example to her 2 kids
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Mar 15, 2007
 
Observers Enemy wrote:
Was the teacher hot? Perhaps instead of stealing she could have molested some children (that's sarcasm).
Yes,Yes as I said heartless morons...
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#19
Mar 23, 2007
 
Very surprised she would do this - never would have expected it; but a crime is a crime and she stole from those she was supposed to be teaching. Great example of teachers who just don't teach. Teaching our kids it's O.K. to steal. They should make her pay the school the original cost of each book and every penney she made on selling the books, community service and whatever else the court can do to "teach" her a lesson, even if it's jail time.
She strikes again

Coventry, CT

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#21
Mar 4, 2012
 
What a shame, she was employed by another school in the town of Wethersfield. A private school but still another school?!?! She forged prescriptions and was immediately terminated by the school. How was she ever even employed by them?!?! Such a shame because right now she is probably working at some other school committing crimes there too.

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