Honors English teacher fired from job at Columbia’s Dreher High following allegations of sex with students

nophillips@thestate.comJanuary 23, 2013 

— Kinsley Wentzky, an honors English teacher accused of having sex with two students, has been fired from her job at Dreher High School.

The Richland 1 school board voted Tuesday night to void the contract with Wentzky, 34, who was arrested earlier this month by Columbia and Forest Acres police on charges of sexual battery with a student 16 or 17 years old for alleged relationships with male students, said Karen York, a district spokeswoman. Wentzky had been on administrative leave with pay as the district conducted its own investigation into the accusations.

York would not reveal details of the school board’s findings, saying the case was a law enforcement matter.

Wentzky’s teaching certificate was suspended by the S.C. Department of Education Jan. 9, preventing Wentzky from returning to the classroom. She is one of 18 teachers who were disciplined by the state in the past two years for allegations of sexual relationships with students.

Wentzky has 10 years teaching experience, seven of those at Dreher. This year, she was teaching five honors English classes and leading the school’s Teacher Cadet program, a course for students who are interested in becoming teachers. The students in those honors English classes have been reassigned to other faculty at the high school, York said.

Columbia police charged Wentzky on Jan. 4 for having sex with a 17-year-old student in his family’s home in the Sherwood Forest neighborhood, according to an arrest warrant. That relationship began in May 2011, the warrant said. Police have said the relationship lasted for several months.

Forest Acres police arrested Wentzky on Jan. 7 for having sex with another 17-year-old student in December at her home, according to an arrest warrant.

Columbia police continue to ask students and former students who may have been involved with Wentzky to come forward.

Reach Phillips at (803) 771-8307.

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