MADISON, Ga. – A Georgia high school teacher resigned last month after he allegedly messaged a former student to get “Whisky wild” while “buck naked,” and the student contacted police.
Veteran Morgan County High School teacher Steve DeLaigle allegedly sent messages to an 18-year-old former student’s phone to suggest the two “down some cold ones” in late June.
“Let’s make it happen bro,” DeLaigle wrote, according to a criminal complaint cited by the Morgan County Citizen. “Cold bear and buck (expletive) wild.”
The teacher allegedly told the teen he was “hammering Jack and Cokes” but he preferred to get “Whisky wild” and “buck naked.”
“I don’t get down like that,” the student texted, according to the police report.
“Don’t mean us together. Lol. That’s just how I party. But I ain’t down with dudes,” DeLaigle allegedly wrote back. “Just like to drank with cool folk like you.”
The student contacted the police and said DeLaigle sent the messages through Instagram, and also asked the student to add him on SnapChat, which allows users to send temporary videos that are automatically deleted, the Citizen reports.
Shortly after, school officials met with DeLaigle “to question him regarding his social media messages to the student on June 22,” according to the criminal complaint.
“Mr. DeLaigle did not provide any information regarding the incident and stated that he did not remember the student in question,” the report states. “We informed Mr. DeLaigle the incident would be reported to the GaPSC Ethics Division for further investigation. We also informed him the school district’s attorney has been contacted for guidance regarding potential termination.
“Mr. DeLaigle submitted a brief letter of resignation on July 25, 2016.”
News reports show DeLaigle’s alleged messages to the student were sent during the same time frame he was heading up Morgan County’s annual summer swim camp at the Aquatic Center. DeLaigle is the high school swim coach and the camp is used to recruit younger kids into the swim program, DeLaigle told the Citizen.
“DeLaigle was first employed at MCHS as a Music/Chorus Teacher in 1998 and has coached the MCHS Swim Team for the last several years,” according to the news site.
The Morgan County High School website states “DeLaigle teaches Chorus, Music Appreciation, AP Music Theory, Drama and Audio/Visual Technology. He has taught music for twenty-two years, seventeen years have been at MCHS. Mr. DeLaigle holds a Bachelor Degree in Music Education from Mercer University and a Master of Education from Troy University.”
District superintendent James Woodard sent a letter to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission to warn officials about DeLaigle’s behavior.
“Specifically, Mr. DeLaigle initiated and attempted to engage in an inappropriate electronic relationship with a student. The content of the electronic communication solicited and encouraged the student to participate in behavior that would violate a state law,” he wrote.
“His behavior is detrimental to the health, welfare and morals of a student. I strongly believe that Mr. DeLaigle has impaired his effectiveness as a professional educator.”
DeLaigle’s attorney told the Citizen his client would provide a statement only if contacted by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.