Florida teacher charged with sending explicit Kik messages to 5th grader

Former Elementary School Teacher Accused of Sending Inappropriate Messages to Student:

Robert Walrath

Robert Walrath

27-year-old Robert Walrath was a teacher at a school in Bartow, Florida. He was fired from his job after allegations that he was sexually harassing a student. He has since been arrested for allegedly inappropriately touching the 5th grade girl and sending her sexually explicit messages on the smart phone messaging app Kik.

I’m not trying to blame the victim at all here but am I old-fashioned or is 5th grade too early for kids to have a smart phone? A cell phone maybe to call parents in cases of emergency but a smart phone? To me that just seems like it makes it easier for predators to contact younger and younger kids as what allegedly happened here.

This girl did the right thing by telling someone however if you want to prevent something like this from happening to your kids make sure you know what apps they have on their cell phones and if you don’t approve of them learn how to take them off and keep them off.

  • Bek

    I think its early for a smartphone, but then again, my niece is turning 10 this summer and she has had an Iphone for almost a year!! maybe I’m old-school too, because my 6 almost 7 year old doesn’t need one any time soon! Her parents are split so they got it for the Facetime to keep in contact. She gets to keep texting an apps private though, because they want her to feel respected!aye aye aye… googe video chat, Skype, etc…on a computer that’s monitored sounds more like it!

  • edrebber

    I think many of them have smart phones because they can also play video games, so they have one device for everything. Parents need to check the phone daily and install a parental control app. Often the child is more technologically savvy than the parent and the parent isn’t interested. The smart phone acts like a pacifier and the parent falsely believes there is no danger.

    • http://trenchreynolds.me/ Trench Reynolds

      Parents need to check the phone daily and install a parental control app. Often the child is more technologically savvy than the parent and the parent isn’t interested. The smart phone acts like a pacifier and the parent falsely believes there is no danger.

      This can’t be stressed enough.