Nov 12, 2010 11:01 PM by Ariel Wesler

Righetti teacher placed on leave during 'sexting' investigation

A Righetti High School teacher is on administrative leave, accused of sending sexually oriented text messages to at least one student.

A parent discovered the text messages Sunday night on his son's phone and contacted KSBY News.

The parent says the text messages were sent from Righetti High School biology teacher Michelle Hill's phone.

We warn you some of the conversations are sexually explicit.

They are text messages that would disturb any parent.

"It's really shocking. I can't believe that," said Righetti Parent Sandra Bishop.

And the school district.

"For the most part, we are a little concerned," said Sergio Flores, the assistant superintendent of human resources with the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District.

A parent showed us a series of text conversations he says are between his son and Righetti biology teacher Michelle Hill.

Student: Yea. i want to be able to have my fun still and f*** around whenever i want and not worry about who will get hurt

Hill: me too but i'm kinda stuck. =) u need to do what your heart tells u to do.

Student: my heart says follow your penis. . . :)

Hill: Then that's what u should do right now =) eventually your heart will tell u something different. but for now f*** yea! Follow your penis!!

"Wow! Oh my gosh," said Andrea Keblesh, Hill's neighbor for the last two years. "She's married to her husband who's a firefighter and she has two great kids."

In this message the conversation refers to another student.

Hill: I was dreaming about him again last night. Maybe it was wishful thinking but I kept thinking about waking up with him and being able to sleep next to him.

Student: that would be great if it happened. and you know (he) feels the same

Hill: I hope he does but it never seems to come together where he's able to come over. Except that first night.

We tried contacting Hill at her house and over the phone, but there was no answer and her cell phone had been disconnected.

These next texts involve smoking and alcohol.

Hill: Let's go to your moms. . .by way of a store. =) What do you think?

Student: Yup cuz we can smoke there and get free food.

Hill: Ok.

This one allegedly catches her offering the student alcohol.

Hill asks: Got any requests from liquor store?

Student: u already have malibu. . .maybe jager if u wanna get fun tonight.

"Whether or not these messages were sent by this particular teacher, we're not sure," Flores said. "We're talking to students and their parents. We'll be very careful to make sure we include everybody."

The district says it evaluates teachers on a regular basis and will get to the bottom of this.

"I hope it's not true, especially since she was my son's teacher," Bishop said.

The district placed Hill on administrative leave Monday and says she will not be allowed back until the issue is resolved.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's office is handling the investigation. They were also unavailable for comment. Hill has not been charged with any crimes.


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