Petal, Mississippi (The Weekly Vice) -- Loni M. Folks, a fifth-grade teacher at W.L. Smith Elementary School of Petal Mississippi, has been arrested on allegations of sexual battery on a minor. She has been employed by the school district since 2006.
The alleged sexual battery occurred with a 16-year-old foreign exchange student who was living with Mrs. Folks and her husband. Folks is the third Pine Belt teacher or coach in two years to face charges of having sex with students, according to reports.
Folks has been booked and processed at the Forrest County Jail and was released upon posting a $30,000 bond. The 16-year-old boy has been removed from the Folks' home and she has been ordered to have no contact with the victim.
The Weekly Vice Reaction:
It's very hard to look at Mrs. Folks and consider any 16-year-old boy a victim, however we really have a phenomenon here where teachers are almost tempting fate to see if they can follow the example of other naughty teachers and get away with it. It's really hard to explain the continuous march of several teachers who appear on the wire each week for sexual misconduct with a minor.
Still, I have to admit. If I were to be a victim of something, this would likely be the abuse I'd choose. The only mental scars I'd have from the experience would be feeling like I peaked at 16. I could live with that.
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