Iowa Students Allegedly Murdered Their Teacher For Giving Them A Bad Grade

Two Iowa teenagers allegedly killed their teacher after disputing a bad grade, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

Willard Miller and Jeremy Goodale, both 17-years-old, have been charged with murder of Fairfield High School Spanish teacher Nohema Graber, according to court documents filed by Jefferson County Attorney Chauncey Moulding and Assistant Iowa Attorney General Scott Brown. Miller had allegedly met with Graber regarding a poor grade just hours before she was killed. (RELATED: First-Grade Teacher With Previous Allegations Arrested For Misconduct With 6-Year-Old)

“The poor grade is believed to be the motive behind the murder of Graber which directly connects Miller,” the court documents stated.

In Nov. 2021, Graber drove to a park where she normally took walks and two males were seen leaving the park driving her van, the documents stated. The teacher was beaten to death with a baseball bat and her body was found under a tarp in a wheelbarrow in Fairfield park.

Goodale allegedly bragged to a friend on Snapchat that he and Miller, who were 16-years-old at the time, had killed Graber, the documents stated. The documents revealing the students’ motive were filed ahead of a Wednesday hearing over whether evidence from Miller’s home and information from Snapchat should be suppressed in the case.

Teacher Arlene Lebowitz assists a student in her third-grade class during summer school July 2, 2003 in Chicago, Illinois. A record number of students are expected at summer school due to a strong showing for a new voluntary program for mid-tier students and strict application of non-ITBS (Iowa Tests of Basic Skills) test promotion standards. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Miller first denied playing any role in Graber’s death, stating that “he had knowledge of everything but did not participate,” blaming the murder on a “roving group of masked kids,” the documents stated. Miller said the kids who killed Graber made him drive and help hide Graber’s body.

Moulding and Brown did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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