South Carolina teacher fired for having sex with two of her 17-year-old students



A high school honors teacher accused of and charged with having sex with two students, aged 17, has been fired.

The Richland District 1 school board voted earlier this week to fire 34-year-old Kinsley Wentzky, of South Carolina, from her position as an English teacher at Dreher High School.

Wentzky was arrested earlier this month by police in Columbia and Forest Acres on charges of sexual battery with two 17-year-old male students.

teacher1Booked: Wentzky, 34, was arrested and charged with sexual battery earlier this month. She has now been fired


School district spokeswoman Karen York says Wentzky had been on administrative leave with pay as the district conducted its own investigation into the accusations.

York would not reveal details of the school board’s findings, saying the case was a law enforcement matter.

Wentzky’s teaching certificate was suspended by the state education department on January 9.

According to police, the veteran Dreher High School teacher had sexual relations with a 17-year-old boy on or around December 20 in her home on Fernwood Road in Forest Acres, The State reported.



Teachers who care: Police say teacher Kinsley Wentzky, 34, admitted to an affair with an unidentified 17-year-old student

teacher3Her boys: Wentzky’s Myspage page brags about how well her ‘children’ treated her

Wentzky’s arrest warrant stated that both she and the alleged victim provided sworn statements about their illicit relationship.

The new allegations come on the heels of Wetnzky’s previous arrest on Friday by Columbia police on a charge of sexual battery involving a different student.

According to the warrant in that case, the teacher, whom has taught at Dreher high School for seven years , had several sexual encounters with the teen in his Columbia home in May 2011.

The alleged affair with the second student came to light when the parents of the victim called the school principal on December 27. On New Year’s Day, the boy and the 34-year-old married teacher were interviewed by police.


Love shack: Police said Kinsley Wentzky had sex with a 17-year-old who was her student in her Forest Acres home in December

In South Carolina, the age of consent is 16. But in 2010, a law was passed making it illegal for teachers or other adults in positions of authority in a school to have sex with students aged 16 or 17, ABC Columbia reported.

She describes herself as a happily married mother of two young children on her class web page, which has been taken down since allegations of her misconduct first came to light.

Wentzky earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education English from Clemson University where she graduated magna cum laude.

She also has a master’s degree in speech language pathology from USC. She graduated from Westside High School in Anderson.


Popular: Wentzky was active with the school’s baseball team and an English teacher for seven years

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