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Student Spits in Teacher’s Water Bottle at Harlem High; Teacher Wants Prosecution


Stacey WadeA teacher at Harlem High School wasn’t laughing after a student spit in his water bottle during in-school suspension.

Teacher Stacey Wade (pictured) was supervising an ISS class last Tuesday when he left the classroom briefly to go to the restroom. When he returned, he sat down and drank from his water bottle, according to a sheriff’s report.

A student then told the teacher that a classmate had spit in the water bottle while Wade was out of the room. Wade notified administrators and the juvenile was suspended.

Two days later, though, Wade decided that he wanted to prosecute the juvenile. So he called the sheriff’s office.

A juvenile complaint form was completed, and a copy of the video from the classroom was taken for evidence.

Wade is head of the school’s fine arts department and leads the band.

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Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.


  1. I agree Mr. Wade should press charges ,the student is way too old to know this wasn’t a little prank its really no different than spitting on ones person (as said an assault ) .If this little punk had behaved his self he wouldn’t be serving “time” ,but just wait he’s warming up for when its going to be for real. Just another fool making his parents proud ! ! ! Wow Augusta batting ’bout 1000 now a days .Disgusting ! ! !

  2. Prosecute the punk and sentence him to some seriously demeaning community service – best would be cleaning those truck stop bathrooms at the Augusta Mall; cleaning food court tables and humping trash where all his equally stupid friends can see- while wearing jail house duds. Set the example since parents can’t or won’t any more.

  3. What the student did was wrong, yes. They should be punished, yes. But why did he think it was a smart idea to leave a room of students, who have behavior issues, unsupervised? What if those students started to fight? He would be held responsible or at least partially responsible as the adult left in charge. I know these students get at least two bathroom breaks, why is he not taking a bathroom break with the rest of the class? Or why is there no one to relieve him and monitor the students while he takes a break? I just think it’s a bit foolish to leave the room and the kids unsupervised.

    • I hear what you are saying but I disagree. These are high school students. Not middle school or elementary aged students being left alone for a few minutes. This guy has the right to step out in the hall and take a quick phone call, use the rest room, grab a cup of ice, pass gas, whatever, and the students should be held accountable for their actions regardless of if there is an adult in the room or not. Let this be a learning lesson for all of them. Behavior issues or not, there is a real world waiting for them when they leave the safety of high school.

      • If something were to have happened to those students the questions would have been why were they not being supervised. As a teacher you are to supervise your students. If you need to step out in the hallway to make a phone call you do so with the door open and you have a visual of your class. There is no excuse for him to leave the students. He could have called down to the office and asked for some one to step in for a few minutes. The school has plenty of staff, TAs/paras. Not that I think he was asking for it, but why leave them the opportunity? And them being high school students have little to do with it. Most of these kids are coddled and not treated to act according to their age until they do something wrong. Then we deem them adults and say they know right from wrong and “make an example” out of them….it’s the pipeline to prison. There has to be a better way. So the student and the teacher needs to do better.

        • these “are” high school students fixing to step into the real world too bad for them their parents didn’t teach them better (or if they tried)the little “darlings” didn’t get it ,NOW is the time to send the message home this behavior not be tolerated and treated accordingly ,and not try to make the example known to them when they do screw up once on their own . Sorry, “high school students” has EVERYTHING to do with it the teacher should be able to leave for a few moments with the idea they will act with some degree of responsibility . and what in the he// does the crack “not that he ….. mean ,what would make you even think that? When I was in high school teachers left the room often nothing ever happened , but then I’am 58 yrs old , guess my parents did a GOOD JOB ! ! !

          • What would make me think that children I am watching who have demonstrated they can’t handle the rules shouldn’t be left alone??? What do you mean? That’s like drinking around an alcoholic. They might be in recovery but you still don’t tempt them with the opportunity to relapse. You try and provide a rehabilitating environment. At some point you have to stop blaming other factors and try and fix the problem. Plenty of children have come from less than desirable family situations and been able to make it out and create a better life for themselves. The child should be held responsible, I’ve never said they shouldn’t. But also understand as a teacher his job in part is to monitor those children. Especially in ISS where he is providing no real instruction, just dispensing assignments. He literally is in there to monitor them and he left his post. If your child was in a class and the teacher left and something happened to your child you would want to know where was the teacher and what was so important they couldn’t be in the room to monitor the children. Even in high school where things are more likely to escalate quickly. And if you say no, I have to question that. We are dealing with a new age of students. What worked for you and even your children might not work for the kids of today. A student was responsible and at least told him. He could have gone on and never have known what happened.

          • point taken ! so I see your point , Mr. Wade is now the commandant of Stalag 13 ! So you consider high school students children ? They are young adults ,& should be treated as such . Mr. Wade is a teacher not a baby sitter . Children are from the age of about 2yrs to 15yrs ( the end of adolescence ) Good day Heather !

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