Tyler Deaton, Whose Wife Was Slain in KC Area, Suspended From Texas Teaching Job
There are official background checks, and then there are teenagers with Google.
Tyler Deaton cleared the first hurdle easily enough when he landed a job in February to teach at a Texas high school. A search of databases for the FBI and Texas Department of Public Safety raised no red flags.
But students at Lancaster High School near Dallas Googled the new, young pre-calculus teacher and found news stories from Kansas City with allegations that Deaton’s wife, Bethany, 27, was murdered as part of a coverup by a religious cult to hide a series of sexual assaults.
The group’s supposed spiritual leader? Tyler Deaton.
When word spread through the halls of Lancaster last week, district officials suspended Deaton — and the phones started ringing at the Jackson County sheriff’s office.
“We’ve heard from several parents from down there,” Sgt. Ronda Montgomery said Monday. “Everybody wants to know what’s going on.”