PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A former Pittsburgh Public Schools teacher, accused of having an inappropriate relationship with an 11-year-old girl, was arraigned Wednesday morning.
Parents reacted outside of Beechwood Elementary School Wednesday morning after learning about the arrest of Geraldine Alcorn.
The 29-year-old is accused of fostering an extremely personal relationship with one of her students.
According to the criminal complaint, Alcorn texted an 11-year-old girl to express her deep love for the child, saying she would adopt her and would take her away from the child’s mother.
“My daughter will not have a cell phone, nothing. Especially, because of this,” Donna Grosskinsky said. “Teachers like this give other teachers a bad name.”
Those troubled by the news wish the school would give more details.
“I want more specifics, yes. Like how in contact was she with these children? Was she with them on a day-to-day basis? Was she only with them sometimes and how in the name of God did she get that close to a child that she’s [going to] take them away?” Bonne Wagner said.
Paperwork also indicated Alcorn was able to lure the child to her house and was in the child’s house without parental consent.
Alcorn was a part-time teacher at both Beechwood and Banksville Elementary School, where she took part in a school video.
She was put on administrative leave when Pittsburgh Public Schools found out about the investigation and resigned from her position earlier this month.
She was arraigned this morning and bond was set at $100,000.
Pittsburgh Public Schools Spokeswoman Ebony Pugh said that because Alcorn was arrested, the district will now be sending out a letter to parents.
She said that they couldn’t say anything about it before because it was an active investigation and because it was a personnel issue.