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Former teacher charged for allegedly stealing field trip money

By Elizabeth Bynum
Published On: Jan 31 2013 07:52:21 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 26 2013 11:12:25 PM CST
Amanda Grady
KINSTON, LENOIR COUNTY -

A teacher, accused of stealing money meant for a field trip to the Presidential Inauguration, has been charged by police.

Amanda Grady, 32, of Martha Dr. in Kinston, was charged on Monday with obtaining property by false pretense, and was being held under a $10,000 bond. According to police, Grady, who worked as a teacher at Kinston High School, collected $1,450 from students for the field trip in January. But that trip never took place.

Principal Angela Bryant said she had about 30 students who were looking forward to the Presidential Inauguration. She said students forked out nearly $300 each to Grady to pay for the trip.  The money was supposed to cover it all:  transportation, hotel and places they planned to visit.

"That was the part that was so disheartening to me. This would have been a great opportunity for any school to take a group of kids, because many of our kids may never get the chance to see something like that," said Bryant

According to records, Grady resigned from Kinston High School without refunding the money.  But school leaders did give the students all of their money back. However,  officials would not say where that money came from.