Activist middle-school teacher accused of sending suggestive messages to underage male: ‘I’ll do my best to wait haha’

A screenshot taken by a concerned parent suggests that Yoder’s Instagram account, @bennyboobooboo, contacted the student via direct message last August, just before the student entered his senior year of high school. increase. During the conversation, “Benny” first tried to verify the student’s age and asked, “Has she graduated yet? Or is she a senior this year?” The male student, who has not been named because of his age but attends Hamilton Southeastern High School, admitted he still has “one more.” [year] left of the school.

Despite learning that his correspondent was still in high school, Benny spoke with the young man about his desire to “get into trouble.” LOL,” Benny replied.

When the student pressed Benny to explain the meaning of “trouble”, Benny replied that the boy was ” [his] Imagination runs wild,” he added, adding, “Trouble is pretty much what you want (laughs).”

“I’ll do my best to wait haha,” said Benny.

Daily Signal acknowledged that it “was unable to independently verify the accuracy of the screenshots or that the Instagram account belongs to Yoder and is not an impersonator.” However, the Instagram account in question has reportedly posted photos of Yoder and his students over the years.

The Daily Signal also said Yoder had previously shared explicit photos and messages on other social media accounts, but deleted most of the offensive posts when he was elected last May, and soon after. claimed to have resigned to vice president State of the Indiana Teachers Association.

“At a gay strip club,” a 2011 Yoder tweet was quoted as saying. “Preparing to see the co**s shake alllllllll night.”

Most recently, Yoder pinned a tweet showing statements he made in 2020 to the top of the alleged Twitter account. all. “

Other screenshots show Yoder wanting to increase the “representation” of gay people in music and education, and advocating teaching children about so-called “preferred pronouns.”

Emily Abbott, head of school and community relations at Hamilton Southeastern Schools, told The Daily Signal that the school district received information about Yoder’s alleged message through the “school district’s anonymous mobile reporting app.” Abbotts added that the school district will investigate “any concern that comes to our attention,” but to preserve “the integrity of this investigation” and to protect the identities of those involved, the school district will investigate the matter. He added that it would not be discussed “publicly.”

The Fishers Police Department similarly said that officials were “aware of the incident and are investigating.”

Yoder has been with the Hamilton Southeastern area for at least 13 years. According to a feature article on Yoder Ball State University JournalYoder, a BSU alumnus who advocates for Equity and Inclusion, was named Indiana’s Middle School Music Educator of the Year 2020.

Yoder did not respond to the Daily Signal’s request for comment.

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