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Long Island Teachers Melanie Akerberg and Donna Newton-McNally in ‘Boy Toy’ Probe

April 18, 2013 by Brett Wilkins in Education with 0 Comments
Melanie Akerberg (L) and Donna Newton-McNally

Melanie Akerberg (L) and Donna Newton-McNally

A pair of female teachers have been pulled from their classrooms at a Long Island high school after allegations they had inappropriate relationships with male students. reports that Melanie Akerberg, 33, and Donna Newton-McNally, 41, were removed from their classrooms at Sachem North High School in Ronkonkoma, Suffolk County. The women, who according to the New York Post taught business classes, are both suspected of having “inappropriate” relationships with two male students, one a star football player and the other a wrestler. The teachers were linked to the two students after one of their girlfriends discovered allegedly incriminating text messages.

Both teachers are being investigated by the school district and have been administratively reassigned pending the outcome of the probe. It is unclear whether the women had physical relationships with the students, or if the inappropriate contact was limited to text messages. In any case, police will not investigate because both of the young men are over the age of consent.

The Post reports that both women are married. Their husbands reportedly reacted angrily to the news of the allegations, with one of the men allegedly confronting one of the young men.

The students involved were described as popular athletes.

“These guys got a lot of attention from girls but you wouldn’t think that it would get to this level,” a friend of the two young men told “But these days, it seems like you hear about this all the time. Just not at your own school. It’s crazy.”

Indeed, two New York City teachers recently made headlines for allegedly engaging in sexual relationships with current or former students.

Daniel Reilly, a 6th grade teacher at IS 237 in Queens, was arrested earlier this month and charged with sexually abusing a former student when she was 13 years old.

And earlier this week, 35-year-old Queens high school teacher Tara Driscoll, who already pleaded guilty to having sex with an underage student and recording the incident, was accused of violating two additional boys inside Law, Government and Community Service High School, where she taught English.

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