Florida Teacher Natalie Santagata Fired After Sexual Videos Mysteriously Sent to School and Parents

Categories: WTF Florida
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Santagata caught in a less-sexy moment.
Celebrities basically live by a golden rule: Do whatever the hell you want; just make sure no one films you doing it. (Lest you end up like Miley Cyrus smoking salvia on TMZ.) But in this day and age, we all have to watch out for the amateur paparazzi.

Natalie Santagata, a fifth-grade teacher in Charlotte County, has been fired after someone mysteriously sent the school district and various parents numerous private videos and pictures of the teacher engaging in sex acts and apparently smoking marijuana.

Unlike the local case of Shawn Loftis, the substitute teacher fired for his gay porn career, Santagata's videos don't appear to have been made for public consumption. However,  the teacher apparently knew she was being filmed.

According to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the school district was sent an envelope with four pictures and a flash drive containing five videos. The footage showed Santagata "performing graphic sex acts" and smoking what seems to be marijuana.

The package appears to have been the work of someone with an ax to grind with Santagata.

"Clearly the anonymous sender or senders are motivated to cause great personal and professional harm to Natalie Santagata," Steve Cummings, the school district security supervisor, wrote in a report.

The anonymous vigilante didn't stop with just school district officials. He/she also mailed similar packages to parents, sent the material through Facebook, and posted some of the videos online (which are no longer available).

While there's certainly no rule against teachers having sex on their own time, and Santagata passed her most recent drug test, the district decided to can her anyway for personal misconduct that "demonstrably impacted [her] effectiveness as a classroom teacher in our district."

Santagata did not comment publicly, but the Herald-Tribune reports she recognized the handwriting on the letter. Spooky.

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xxxtruthordare
xxxtruthordare

"Although it seems a new teacher who has been described." FYFR: you "know" and not "New". Miami New Times, is to get sloppier by the day and the news is to get dimmer. Instead, this tale of sex, why not talk about what's going on with the jobs on Wall Street. Real News.Games for Adults

Sarah348
Sarah348

my ex husband is caught up in this shit, she should have been more careful when filming herself and leaving it around her husband when going through a divorce, knowing that she is a teacher, and her job may be on the line. Anything recorded or electronic could be detrimental. The entire situation is ridiculous.

mtim2474
mtim2474

Public school?  No big deal.  Par for the course.

Guest
Guest

Question is "Does she care that the whole school district knows she's a freak?  Perhaps they could have re-assigned her to a non-teaching job until she had time to find another job elsewhere (which is tough in this economy of course). 

In the meantime, Violation of ethics clause is a valid reason to be fired.  Heck, teachers get fired over facebook nowadays, so of course she would for bieng Charlotte County's favorite porn star at the moment.  Even if it wasn't her fault.  She had to know the potential effects of being filmed.

concerned
concerned

I knew a great teacher that ended up having a serious alcoholism issue. It never affected her work but did cause some poor out of work decisions. Last I knew she was still teaching. Her out of work behavior didn't make her a bad teacher and I hope the rest of her life is going well. Hope all is well in NJ.

adarc
adarc

I think all of you should check with HR where you work tomorrow and actually read what you signed when you were hired. Many companies and most schools do have a code of ethics you must agree to abide by, and sign. Generally bringing any kid of bad press to your comapny is covered in these clauses, and is reason enough to terminate.

Rafael
Rafael

Not teacher material who would want their children to be taugh by a person with no moral values,Bye.

Scretch
Scretch

This is bull shit. Why was she fired? It could have been a tobacco cigarette. This is an outrage and obviously the sender is the real problem, not this teacher. Outrageous!

Alang
Alang

Its scary to me that someone could harbor such a resentment as to ruin someone's life like this.  I don't care what teachers do on their own time as long as its not something that involves hurting children or anyone else for that matter.  The person that did this to her is the ultimate COWARD!  And they may be laughing now but karma is a u know what and what goes around comes around.  Clearly this involved someone that was in her social circle for them to have access to the videos.  I personally feel horrible for her.  She didn't deserve this.

Hailey Dunnski Dunn
Hailey Dunnski Dunn

In this world i wonder why we arent born with swastikas on our foreheads. so teachers cant legaly have sex or make sexy tapes for thier signif' others? Im guessing if your in a govt job you have to get sewed up and become a freaking nun or something......

SaminNJ
SaminNJ

Everyone is arguing about this woman for all kinds of reasons. The main issue should be ...'Anytime you allow someone to film you  ... you're in danger of finding yourself plastered all over the internet.' Don't be stupid ... just don't do it!!! Better to be safe then sorry.

terbilaj
terbilaj

Ridiculous. What somebody does in the privacy of their own home, with consenting adults, is nobody's business.  I don't care WHAT your profession.  Pretty soon we are gonna have Gestopo banging on our doors and dragging us out like the damn Nazis.

E_Zach_Lee_Wright
E_Zach_Lee_Wright

Teachers should be above reproach. Having sex and smoking afterward is definitely over the line. Anytime proof surfaces that a teacher, staff member, administrator, or school board member is sexually active, that person should be immediately dismissed. I wonder if any of the district officials have kids? There are no child rearing experts like childless child rearing experts so we should insist on non-sexually active people in our school systems. Fire them all!

ernest
ernest

What a sick article. Way to further This woman's shitty situation. I don't understand why she was fired. She was having some sex, So what? Weed? So what? I bet the people That sent the videos were also responsible for her termination.

michael wind
michael wind

that is the level of education in miami,low,very low.

G J S
G J S

So so wrong, what she does on her time is her business, not on school property, not on school time, not showing the school name or logo, no tattoo of the school on her.  Why is it that employers think they control a persons life, work = JOB  Job = way to pay bills, JOB does NOT = life 24/7.  Beside the students are too young to see the videos so they aren't effected, this stinks for her

billyc247
billyc247

What people aren't allowed to have a private life anylonger..? It doesn't matter if knew she was being filmed or not. This was clearly her private time, and didn't break any laws. But yet she is hung out to dry because of this.? What is wrong with us..? And what is wrong with the school who fired her. If I were her I would sue them in every court possible. What a screwed up Nation we live in....! This should have never been a story for the public, it just shows how shollowed minded some peoples thinking is. Now this woman will have to over come this matter in some way just to carry her head up, Let alone get a job in the education dept. at any school .... I feel for her, and what is ahead of her.. Our Private moments are all we have left, and now they want to take that away as well. And piss on you too that put this out here for all of us to read. Do you think it will help her at all since it was put in the nations news? Nothing more than a very, very cheap shot, not only be the education dept, but as a writer who printed this story..! Since you were bold enough to put it in print for all of us to read, now why don't you help to find a new job, or at least print something in her defence to help her in the days and months to come.....???

jsknow
jsknow

What does any of this have to do with her ability as a teacher? It sounds like there were no kids involved and only a MAYBE on the marijuana. She must have been doing her job well since she stayed there as long as she did. When is this Nation going to grow up, put the Government in it's place and act like a Nation of adults that don't allow a nanny State to rule over everything we do? Having sex is not a crime and it's not a crime to film it either. The real criminal is the one that sent these items to other people. How did they get them? Were they stolen? As usual the real criminal is free as a bird and the person that was harmed is the one suffering. The Government has been lying to the public about marijuana for almost 100 years! It seems like by now the SHEEP would have realized that and put an end to this harmful, wasteful, Constitutional right destroying PROHIBITION that's based in lies, greed and racism. No matter where you stand on the issue of legalizing marijuana everyone should read: MARIJUANA AND HEMP THE UNTOLD STORY, Thomas J. Bouril, WHY IS MARIJUANA ILLEGAL, Pete Guither and  the free online book: THE EMPEROR WEARS NO CLOTHES, The Authoritative Historical Record of Cannabis and The Conspiracy Against Marijuana. 1985 (with at least 12 re-printings with updates) Click the links to those titles on this webpage: Internet Explorer web browser: http://jsknow.angelfire.com/ho... All Other Browsers: http://jsknow.angelfire.com/in... If you think marijuana prohibition has anything to do with the imaginary, false, fabricated, alleged harms from using marijuana as a recreational drug, YOU HAVE BEEN DUPED! Put Ron Paul in the White House in 2012 or sooner! Search his name on youtube and listen to what he has to say straight from his own mouth! He represents We The People and the Constitution better than ANY Federal representative we have! It's time we take back our freedom and put the Government in its place!

taffy dale
taffy dale

"Though, apparently the teacher new she was being filmed." FYFR: It's "KNEW" not "NEW". Miami New Times is getting sloppier by the day and the news is getting dimmer. Instead of this story about sex, why not talk about what's going on with OCCUPY WALL STREET. Real News.

Finsup
Finsup

OK, dumbass ... the issue here appears to be she ALLOWED herself to be filmed having sex and smoking weed, NOT that she did it "in private."

John
John

Teacher should be above reproach as well as minister, the military, politicians, ....

Anyone else?

She passed the drug test.  Don't know the particulars.  Let's assume it was weed.They could giver a pass one time for that.  Have her go to rehab. Fire her if she relapses.

John
John

Hey, retard, can you not fuckin read? Miami is NOT located in CHARLOTTE COUNTY!

MDCPSgrad
MDCPSgrad

@michael wind, Dude you're an idiot.  Context Clues bro, get your shit straight.

Gdavis2120
Gdavis2120

get your facts straight this didn't happen in Miami

Gdavis2120
Gdavis2120

the shirt she's wearing in video is the school shirt

Nursetlc1
Nursetlc1

She was my sons teacher also..my year with her as a parent was horrible..I reported her to the school board .I wrote her a note as a concerned parent and on his agenda she wrote if there are any issues I will hurt him!!!Inappropriate conversation from her in front of my son during parent teacher meeting with my son present!! Glad she's gone! Kudos to the school board! Long overdue!

bigriggs
bigriggs

Last time I checked, smoking weed is illegal.

guest
guest

She got what she had coming to her. A few years ago she was my 10 yr old daughters teacher and called my daughter a loser in front of the whole class, for not answering a question. She has no business in that profession.  She denied it when confronted.  Well, who's the LOSER now!!    KARMA 

Caeser_Palache
Caeser_Palache

That would require doing actual research; You know, using your brain.  Its easier to copy and paste trash.  I mean, seriously, they have Luther as a contributing writer. 

Collinitzki
Collinitzki

Love it when someone starts a post by calling someone else a dumbass then proceeds to write something even more stupid!

Gdavis2120
Gdavis2120

she passed the drug test 3 months after she was put on admin. leave

seep
seep

Go to rehab for weed?

Stanley_Ipkiss
Stanley_Ipkiss

Something that seemed like marijuana. I see no evidence that this was actual weed and also taking into account she passed a drug test I also see no crime. Sex in your private, spare time should not be national news. This womans life has been taken apart because some asshole ex boyfriend or whatever feels hard done by. I do not believe she deserves anything that has happened to her here.

Scretch
Scretch

Are you the one who sent the video around? You sure are acting like it. Just sayin'.

Guest
Guest

Wow, from the level of intelligence and maturity you are displaying here I would say your daughter learned how to be a loser from you. Also, way to really look at the important issue. If the woman was a bad teacher and was fired for being a bad teacher that would have been one thing. Instead, the woman was fired for something she did on her own time, with consenting adults. THAT is the issue. But I'm sure your petty feelings of self-satisfaction at seeing someone else's downfall TOTALLY set a good example for your child. Your post is proof of just how pathetically stupid people are becoming and it just makes me sad.

G J S
G J S

Calling your daughter OR mine does not equal termination, every kid is not above avg. and with the attitude you show, don't be responsible for yourself, blame others maybe your kid is a loser

iv:xx
iv:xx

You guys are ridiculous... it's like walking into Wendy's and expecting getting mad they don't serve caviar...

Riptide shouldn't exactly be your first stop for "real" news... just like Wendy's shouldn't be your first stop for gourmet meals...

that being said... i wish my 5th grade teacher smoked pot and made home porno movies... =)

Stanley_Ipkiss
Stanley_Ipkiss

Lol im sure she would fit in perfectly with all the smackheads and meth addicts because weed is definitely on the same level as that. j/k

bigriggs
bigriggs

Who cares, the kids are probably better off without her.

Stanley_Ipkiss
Stanley_Ipkiss

Maybe so Big Fella, but she still passed so there is no evidence that is actually taking drugs

bigriggs
bigriggs

It is very easy to pass a drug test.

Guest
Guest

*grammar

(haha)

Gdavis2120
Gdavis2120

My daughter is very shy and respectful and didn't answer a question that she asked her because the teacher was embarrassing her. Oh yeah, I'm a loser that's why the teachers name and video is posted all over the world. I didn't cause her termination her actions did.

Maybe calling your daughter a loser is acceptable to you but I don't condone it.

BTW learn how to use proper grammer your post doesn't even make sense! 

arlo
arlo

Maybe she did.

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