Teacher, student affair close to home

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 16, 2005

The recent rash of schoolteachers accused of misconduct with their student hit close to home last week when 30-year-old Harriet Laquette Gordon of Tuscaloosa was charged with having a month-long affair with a teenage boy.

Tuscaloosa police said Gordon engaged in a mutual sexual affair with the teenager while she was a special education teacher at Myrtlewood Elementary School in 2003. The affair lasted from July to October 2004 when it was reported to law enforcement and education officials, according to media reports.

Gordon’s connection to Shelby County goes back to 1998 when she was taught emotionally conflicted children at the Linda Nolen Learning Center in Alabaster.

According to public relations supervisor for Shelby County School Cindy Warner, Gordon worked for the system for 99 days during the 1997-98 school year and then the entire 1998-99 school year.

She resigned her position June 1, 1999.

&uot;Her personnel record does not indicate that the Shelby County School System ever had any complaints or allegations of misconduct against her,&uot; Warner said.

Since leaving Shelby County, she taught in the Sumter County system, at Myrtlewood Elementary, then in North Carolina before moving back to Tuscaloosa in 2004.

Gordon was arrested last week on one count of second-degree rape following a grand jury indictment.

She was arrested the same day teachers in both Tennessee and Texas were charged with similar crimes