Blountstown High School Teacher Allegedly Texting a 16 Year Old Student

BHS Teacher Allegedly Texting Student

BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. - A Blountstown High School science teacher was arrested earlier this week for allegedly exchanging sexually explicit text messages with a minor.

According to authorities, an Altha school resource officer was told that Marquita Calhoun, 28, was allegedly having a phone-texting relationship with a 16 year old Altha High School student. 

The SRO reported the allegations to another officer who advised him to ask to search the minors phone. 

Upon searching, the officer found explicit pictures received from Calhoun.

The investigation began immediately.

"I am very proud of our local law enforcement as well as our school administrators as to how they've handled this situation. They took immediate action to ensure the protection of all of our students both here at Blountstown High School and Altha public school," said Calhoun County Superintendent, Ralph Yoder.    

While the investigation is still underway, Calhoun has been placed on administrative leave with pay.

Yoder says he will make a recommendation to either suspend without pay or terminate Calhoun, at the next school board meeting on October 12th.

"This is a learning process for us. And we will take this and use the lessons learned from this to ensure that our students continue to learn in safe, productive environments here in Calhoun County," said Yoder.

Calhoun was released from jail Tuesday on a $10,000 bond.

Sheriff Glenn Kimbrel says that the Calhoun County sheriffs office is doing all it can to help get to the bottom of it.

"It's very unfortunate that it cropped up in Calhoun County, but it has and we're dealing with it," said Sheriff Kimbrel.

Calhoun has been employed with the Calhoun County School Board since 2012.

She previously worked at Altha high school and started at Blountstown High in August.

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