Gambling Awareness for Students Should Begin With Teachers

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Gambling Awareness for Students Should Begin With Teachers

Post by AJFCS » Mon Feb 28, 2011 1:13 pm

AJFCS has been reaching out to local middle schools and high schools in efforts to push problem gambling awareness amongst the schools' respective student bodies. In light of this recent article, it should be noted that in order to create a safer, gambling-free haven for students, it wouldn't hurt to educate the teachers as well.

With gambling legislation changing rapidly and the possibility of Florida becoming the first state to regulate online poker, the time is certainly now to spread awareness and get programming in place to educate not only students, but everyone.

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- A Florida music teacher who admitted to a gambling problem has been arrested on charges of pawning instruments belonging to a high school, officials said.

James Morris, 26, who resigned from University High School in Orange City on Feb. 10, is charged with 14 felony counts of dealing in stolen property, the Orlando Sentinel reported Wednesday.

Police began investigating after six students at the Volusia County school reported their guitars stolen. Two guitars, two violins, a digital camera, a video camera and a laptop computer belonging to the school also went missing, investigators said.

Police say they traced 14 pawn transactions to Morris that netted him $825 between October and January. The laptop had been pawned twice, they said.

Morris confessed Feb. 10 to school administrators he has a gambling problem and had pawned the laptop he checked out and some musical instruments, police said.

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