Teacher resigns after allegations of bad behavior on Facebook

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Plant City, Florida --   A Plant City High School teacher's behavior on Facebook spelled the end of her nearly 17-year career with the Hillsborough County School District.

Ginger Parks, 41, resigned from her job as an English teacher and cheerleading coach in September when school officials say she admitted to sending inappropriate messages to a student on the social networking site and changing his grade as a favor.

The student and teacher denied a physical relationship and no proof was found. Still, the grounds of the conversation were not only deemed unprofessional, but completely inappropriate by school officials.

"I think, what was she thinking?  Why would an adult have that kind of relationship with a minor?" said Hillsborough County Schools spokeswoman Linda Cobbe.

The student's father printed out more than forty pages worth of Facebook messages shared between his son and Parks.

The district's investigation shows Parks admitted to writing the sexually charged messages to the student after she was told they had copies.

One message reads: "A teenaged boy's sex drive doesn't even come close to mine."

The report also shows Parks admitted to changing the student's grade as a favor and telling him that she "thinks about having sex with just about everyone she sees."

But, this is only part of what landed the teacher in big trouble with the district.

Cobbe says Parks admitted to buying the morning after pill and giving it to the male student for his then-girlfriend.

The girl told investigators she took the pill in the school parking lot last year.

The allegations weren't revealed until a few months ago when the girl told her mother she was confronted by Parks at a local Zaxby's restaurant.

The girl claimed Parks verbally confronted her about spreading rumors about the teacher having sex with the girl's ex-boyfriend and another student.

The girl's mother complained to the district about the confrontation, which eventually got both sets of parents involved.

The male students and Parks deny any kind of physical encounters.  The State Attorney's Office also said there was not enough evidence to pursue charges against Parks, leaving the investigation up to the school district.

According to the investigative report, Parks resigned in lieu of termination.

The Hillsborough County School District tells 10 News it does not have a direct policy regarding teachers and students being friends on Facebook, however educators are told to "act professionally."

Laura Kadechka, 10 News

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