A substitute teacher working at a middle school in the New Hanover County Public School system has been arrested after he allegedly peed in a cup in front of students.
Darvin Bernard Greene, age 57, was arrested and charged with indecent exposure, defacing a public building and disorderly conduct.
Greene was booked into the New Hanover County Jail under a $5,000 secured bond which he posted and was released.
The incident happened in a classroom in front of students at the Williston Middle School at approximately 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 per an official with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.
Lisa Estep, chair of the New Hanover County Board of Education, released the following statement:
“The board has been made aware of the alleged actions of Darvin Green and we regret that this happened at any New Hanover County School. Upon being notified by a student of Greene’s actions, the school system acted immediately, conducted an internal investigation, and then quickly notified law enforcement. Darvin Greene will no longer be allowed to work for New Hanover County Schools. This type of behavior will not be tolerated and this board stands ready to take action against any teacher, staff member, or administrator who violates the law or, in any way, compromises the safety or wellbeing of our students.”
According to Port City Daily, in a press release sent out Friday night, the New Hanover County School district “acknowledged that Greene had previously been investigated for inappropriate behavior” and that Greene was removed from the school where the complaint was lodged but the district kept employing him.
“The release indicates a profound disconnect between what the NHCS administration is aware of, and what the Board of Education has been informed of,” wrote Port City Daily reporter Benjamin Schachtman.
This is the second New Hanover teacher arrested this year and the 7th arrest tracked by this website this year.
At the end of January, Peter Michael Frank, age 47, was charged with six counts of indecent liberties with a child and six counts of indecent liberties with a student.
The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office (NHSCO) said that the alleged incidents tied to the charges against Franks involved at least six students and took place between 2003 and 2019.
The New Hanover board has seen increasing pressure from the community to fire Supt. Tim Markley in connection with a series of arrested of teachers who have had serious sexual crime charges lodged against them.
Last Friday, Feb. 7, the board met behind closed doors and then announced Markley’s resignation. The board will pay Markley a severance of $195,000 and an additional $32,966 in benefits. That legality of that closed-door session is now being questioned.
The resignation of Dr. John Welmers, the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources was also announced last week. No reason was given for Welmers’ resignation.
In addition to the resignations, Laura Holliday, the principal of Holly Tree Elementary announced her retirement. Holliday’s husband is the former deputy superintendent Dr. Rick Holliday, who retired in July during the middle of public outcry over the ongoing teacher sex abuse scandal in the district.
A petition online to remove Rick Holliday’s name from the Laney Football stadium was started online just prior to his wife’s retirement announcement. The petition has garnered over 3,600 signatures so far.