Top 10 Gazette storylines of the year: #3 Mary Beth Haglin case
The substitute teacher was found guilty of sexual exploitation
In our Top 10 Storylines of the year poll, the readers have voted that the case of Mary Beth Haglin was the #3 storyline of the year.
A storyline that captured headlines for much of the last few months, and had many ramifications throughout the Cedar Rapids community.
Haglin, who was found guilty of sexual exploitation of a student on December 16, is a 24-year-old substitute teacher began working for the Cedar Rapids Community School District in the fall of 2015.
Haglin had a sexual relationship with a student between Jan. 1 and May 17 while she worked as a substitute teacher at Washington High School.
Her story garnered national attention, with appearances on the “Dr. Phil” show on Oct. 17, as well as sitting for filmed interviews with “Inside Edition” and “Crime Watch Daily”.
Haglin’s story did not stop with her.
Ralph Plagman, who was Washington High’s Principal for 35 years, said he was asked to resign amid the rumors of Haglin’s misconduct.
Plagman’s resignation sent ripples throughout the greater Washington High School community, with many coming to his defense and expressing remorse that his career at Washington High ended this way.