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Kellam High School teacher tied to escort services
The Virginia-Pilot ^ | 4-9-08 | Joanne Kimberlin

Posted on 04/11/2008 12:48:24 PM PDT by Snickering Hound

At least eight ads in the Yellow Pages that hawk exotic entertainment by female companions lead callers to numbers belonging to a teacher at Kellam High School in Virginia Beach.

The numbers used to reach Penthouse V.I.P. , Exotic Playmates, Exotic Sinsations, Fantasies, Sweet Pleasures, Party Girls, Oasis Escorts and Delilah’s are all registered in the name of Michelle Droelle, a 33-year-old social studies teacher in her first year in the classroom at Kellam. The ads appear in the 2007 edition of the Verizon Yellow Pages.

Standing outside her Ocean Lakes home after school Tuesday afternoon, Droelle insisted she left the escort business two years ago before she started teaching but neglected to take the phone lines out of her name.

“I didn’t want to do both things at the same time,” Droel­le said. “I wanted to be a teacher.”

According to Virginia Beach business license records, Droelle owned Penthouse V.I.P. until August 2006 and ran similar businesses with a variety of names. Droelle said she sold the operation to her former neighbor and partner, Robin Lupton. Lupton registered Penthouse V.I.P. in her name in September 2007.

Lupton said she and Droelle were in business together “for years.” Droelle, she said, is no longer involved with the companies but does continue to write checks for the phone lines. “I give her the cash to cover it,” Lupton said.

School Board chairman Dan Edwards said he might not object to a teacher being connected with an escort service “as long as they had an absolute firewall between their duties as a teacher and this other sideline,” he said.

“At least on the surface, an escort service is only that. I’m not an expert.”

Calls to phone numbers linked to Droelle reach an operator who refers callers to a Web site that features photos of a dozen young women in provocative poses and various states of undress. The operator explains that for $100 cash, one of the “girls” will meet the caller at the location of his choosing and stay for one hour, during which she will strip naked, perform a lap dance and floor show, and provide companionship.

Such acts are legal in Virginia, as long as they take place in private and everyone involved is at least 18.

“What I did before is my personal business,” Droelle said. “I’ve never broken any laws.”

But School Board member Todd Davidson, who is a pastor, said teachers and members of clergy are held to a higher standard. “We have a responsibility to be role models and to be, as best we can, upstanding citizens,” he said.

The school division’s human resources department would not say whether an affiliation with an escort service would be automatic grounds for discipline or termination. In a statement, the department said that any “complaint or allegation of misconduct by an employee would be considered in accordance with established School Board policies.”

It’s not clear whether Droelle violated any policies. Virginia state code says teachers may be disciplined for “immorality” but does not define the term.

School Board member Em Davis, a former school administrator, saw it this way: “What she does on her own time is supposed to be her own business, but it does bother me.”

It bothers Judy Thieman, too. Her daughter takes one of Droel­le’s classes. “It’s just not the appropriate type of business background you would want – teaching your kids and spending the day with your kids,” Thieman said. “What kind of influence is that?”

Droelle, visibly upset when speaking outside her home Tuesday, said she recently earned her bachelor’s degree. “I used to dance,” she said. “I put myself through college.”

Droelle said she began teaching last school year at Open Campus High School in Virginia Beach, where older high school students and adults can take flexible courses toward a high school diploma or GED. She accepted a $38,000 teaching position at Kellam in the fall.

Now she expects a backlash could end her teaching career.

“The best thing I can do right now is call and resign my job,” she said.

As of Tuesday evening, the school division said Droelle was still employed.

Dominic Melito, another social studies teacher at Kellam, said he was surprised to hear Droelle could be involved with an escort service. “I find that extremely hard to believe. You wouldn’t think any of this could possibly be true.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: prostitution; teacher; ttiuwp; virginiabeach
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1 posted on 04/11/2008 12:48:24 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Snickering Hound

Standing outside her Ocean Lakes home after school Tuesday afternoon, Droelle insisted she left the escort business two years ago before she started teaching but neglected to take the phone lines out of her name.

Riiight. Sure. OK.


2 posted on 04/11/2008 12:49:47 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Snickering Hound
School Board chairman Dan Edwards said he might not object to a teacher being connected with an escort service “as long as they had an absolute firewall between their duties as a teacher and this other sideline,”

Public education. Prostitute = ok. Republican = not good.

3 posted on 04/11/2008 12:51:11 PM PDT by kidd
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To: Snickering Hound
Michelle Droelle, a 33-year-old social studies teacher

Must have pics to assuage guilt.....er, uh, to asses guilt.......

4 posted on 04/11/2008 12:51:23 PM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: Snickering Hound
School Board chairman Dan Edwards said he might not object to a teacher being connected with an escort service “as long as they had an absolute firewall between their duties as a teacher and this other sideline,” he said.

And this statement takes the cake.

5 posted on 04/11/2008 12:52:30 PM PDT by keepitreal
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To: Snickering Hound
Dominic Melito, another social studies teacher at Kellam, said he was surprised to hear Droelle could be involved with an escort service. “I find that extremely hard to believe. You wouldn’t think any of this could possibly be true.”

I need to see some pictures before I can weigh in on this.

6 posted on 04/11/2008 12:52:32 PM PDT by AlaskaErik (I served and protected my country for 31 years. Democrats spent that time trying to destroy it.)
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To: Snickering Hound

Innocent... or Guilty? YOU MAKE THE CALL -- !!! ;)

7 posted on 04/11/2008 12:52:37 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (McCain "conservatives" = hardcore liberals who nonetheless appreciate the occasional tax cut.)
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To: Snickering Hound

I went to Keellam for my Sophmore year...none of my teachers were nearly this interesting. What’s going on with female teacher’s lately???


8 posted on 04/11/2008 12:52:45 PM PDT by pgkdan (Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions - G.K. Chesterton)
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

I’m sure the thought of recruiting girls from the school never entered her mind.


9 posted on 04/11/2008 12:52:47 PM PDT by driftdiver
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To: pgkdan
went to Keellam for my Sophmore year...

Keellam = Kellam. duh

10 posted on 04/11/2008 12:53:54 PM PDT by pgkdan (Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions - G.K. Chesterton)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Don’t know about innnocent or guilty, but definitely HOT!!
(WHere the hell were these teachers when I was in school?)

Most of mine looked like Helen Thomas.


11 posted on 04/11/2008 12:54:10 PM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: Snickering Hound


12 posted on 04/11/2008 12:54:20 PM PDT by Always Right (Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

GUILTY ... and I would bet / speculate she had plans / designs on recruiting senior girls that wanted to make some fast money.


13 posted on 04/11/2008 12:54:55 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (Party ahead of principles; eventually you'll be selling out anything to anyone for the right price.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

GUILTY!


14 posted on 04/11/2008 12:55:00 PM PDT by usurper (Spelling or grammatical errors in this post can be attributed to the LA City School System)
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To: Snickering Hound
School Board chairman Dan Edwards said he might not object to a teacher being connected with an escort service “as long as they had an absolute firewall between their duties as a teacher and this other sideline,” he said.

Please let this be an elective position.

15 posted on 04/11/2008 12:55:02 PM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Without anything else to go on I’d have to say guilty.


16 posted on 04/11/2008 12:55:04 PM PDT by zek157
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To: ZULU
Most of mine looked like Helen Thomas.

So did mine; and the women were even UGLIER -- !!! [::rimshot::] ;)

17 posted on 04/11/2008 12:55:27 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (McCain "conservatives" = hardcore liberals who nonetheless appreciate the occasional tax cut.)
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To: Snickering Hound
An example of the escorts from her site...


18 posted on 04/11/2008 12:56:26 PM PDT by Always Right (Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?)
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To: ZULU
I went to High School in the 70's. My Guidance Counselor was a stunningly attractive 'well developed' blond lady by the name of,........

Lynn Lovelace.

ISYN.

L

19 posted on 04/11/2008 12:56:34 PM PDT by Lurker (Pimping my blog: http://lurkerslair-lurker.blogspot.com/)
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To: ZULU

(WHere the hell were these teachers when I was in school?)

Most of mine looked like Helen Thomas.

I hate to admit it but with the exception of a very few, most of the gal teachers for me were in the frumpish vein and wore the support hose to prove it.. ;-)


20 posted on 04/11/2008 12:56:45 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Not guilty


21 posted on 04/11/2008 12:56:54 PM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Snickering Hound
“What I did before is my personal business,” Droelle said. “I’ve never broken any laws.”

I think you did.

Droelle, she said, is no longer involved with the companies but does continue to write checks for the phone lines. “I give her the cash to cover it,” Lupton said.

Can this be considered money laundering?

22 posted on 04/11/2008 12:57:20 PM PDT by MAexile (Bats left, votes right)
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To: Always Right

William “Refrigerator” Perry...? ;)


23 posted on 04/11/2008 12:57:24 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (McCain "conservatives" = hardcore liberals who nonetheless appreciate the occasional tax cut.)
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To: ZULU

I think you need new glasses. Maybe just a bad pic, but this juror votes GUILTY.


24 posted on 04/11/2008 12:57:51 PM PDT by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind...)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

There is no guilt. There are no charges. She broke no law.

There is a preacher in CYA mode and a few others hemming and hawing.


25 posted on 04/11/2008 12:58:02 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Never say never (there'll be a VP you'll like))
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To: bert
There is no guilt. There are no charges. She broke no law.

That's... not really what the traditionally shouted verdict of "GUILTY!" or "NOT GUILTY!" on these sorts of threads is all about, FRiend. ;)

26 posted on 04/11/2008 12:59:44 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (McCain "conservatives" = hardcore liberals who nonetheless appreciate the occasional tax cut.)
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To: bert
There is no guilt. There are no charges. She broke no law.

If you go to their site, it appears their 'escorts' are not just diner dates.

27 posted on 04/11/2008 1:00:06 PM PDT by Always Right (Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

He’s not your FRiend, Pal!


28 posted on 04/11/2008 1:00:48 PM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: MrB
He’s not your FRiend, Pal!

"Don't call me 'pal,' buddy!" ;)

29 posted on 04/11/2008 1:02:02 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (McCain "conservatives" = hardcore liberals who nonetheless appreciate the occasional tax cut.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

5 PM-(0 beers consumed)-Guilty as Hell!
9 PM-(6 beers consumed)-probably guilty
12 PM-(12 beers consumed)-might be innocent
2 AM-(12 + beers consumed)-gross miscarraige of justice-she’s being railroaded!!!!


30 posted on 04/11/2008 1:02:13 PM PDT by mrmargaritaville
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To: mrmargaritaville
ROTFLMAO!!! "Given enough Schlitz... you must acquits!"
31 posted on 04/11/2008 1:03:53 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (McCain "conservatives" = hardcore liberals who nonetheless appreciate the occasional tax cut.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/165191


32 posted on 04/11/2008 1:04:30 PM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: Snickering Hound

When the student is ready, the Teacher appears.
Confucious “I got wood” Chin, Jr.


33 posted on 04/11/2008 1:09:49 PM PDT by tumblindice (she put herself through school dancing.....heh heh heh heh heh)
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To: MrB
Best episodes so far this season, IMHO... BUT:

... this one, however, remains the all-time champion. ;)

34 posted on 04/11/2008 1:11:02 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (McCain "conservatives" = hardcore liberals who nonetheless appreciate the occasional tax cut.)
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To: Always Right

AHHHHHHH!

DON’T DO THAT!

GUILTY!


35 posted on 04/11/2008 1:13:10 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (<===Typical White American)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle; mrmargaritaville

LMAO! Nice tag-team post, you two.


36 posted on 04/11/2008 1:14:27 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (<===Typical White American)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Good one!!!!!!!!!!!!


37 posted on 04/11/2008 1:15:05 PM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: Lurker

Bet she had some problems with that name!!!!


38 posted on 04/11/2008 1:15:33 PM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: Alter Kaker

WOOOO!!! A critic!!!!

Like I said, I guess you never saw MY teachers!!!


39 posted on 04/11/2008 1:16:29 PM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Don’t call him ‘buddy’!!! ... That’s his name!


40 posted on 04/11/2008 1:17:38 PM PDT by GulfBreeze (McCain is our nominee. Yeah... I guess.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Not guilty because properly made up and dressed she could be a knockout


41 posted on 04/11/2008 1:27:54 PM PDT by dennisw (Superior attitude. Superior state of mind --- Steven Segal)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Guilty!


42 posted on 04/11/2008 1:36:07 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: pgkdan

I graduated from Floyd E. Kellam High School in (blank). They are about to tear it down since it has been standing since , what, 1955. We never had scandals like that when I went there.


43 posted on 04/11/2008 1:53:23 PM PDT by brwnsuga (Proud, Black, Sexy Conservative!!!)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

No wonder she went into teaching. She will make more money.

Ugh.


44 posted on 04/11/2008 2:28:48 PM PDT by doodad
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To: Snickering Hound

ya gotta be kidding me


45 posted on 04/11/2008 3:45:35 PM PDT by RDTF (my worst nightmare is being on jury duty sequestered with 11 liberals)
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To: brwnsuga
I graduated from Floyd E. Kellam High School in (blank). They are about to tear it down since it has been standing since , what, 1955. We never had scandals like that when I went there.

1955!! That ain't so long!! LOL.I went for only 1 year in the mid 70's then my family moved back to NJ. When I graduated college I moved back and have been here ever since. Heck...I live less than a mile and a half from Kellam now.

46 posted on 04/12/2008 9:46:23 AM PDT by pgkdan (Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions - G.K. Chesterton)
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I attended in ‘72 and ‘73.


47 posted on 04/12/2008 9:50:07 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: Lurker

I attended in ‘72 and ‘73.


48 posted on 04/12/2008 9:53:25 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: Hegewisch Dupa

49 posted on 04/12/2008 9:56:02 AM PDT by whd23
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To: brwnsuga

I attended in ‘72 and ‘73.


50 posted on 04/12/2008 9:57:34 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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