Reaction To Arrest Of JR. ROTC Teacher

Parents are reacting to news that a JR. ROTC teacher at Ayden-Grifton high school in Pitt County was arrested and charged with indecent liberties with a student.

Parents that spoke with WITN on Wednesday expressed anger and outrage.

Police say 43 year-old Joseph Mitchell turned himself in Wednesday morning after allegedly inappropriately touching a 14-year old female student from Ayden-Grifton high school on March, 6th.

Pitt County Schools say Mitchell has been on paid administrative leave since the alleged incident.

Dorothy Cormon is a guardian of several students at Ayden-Grifton high school. Cormon says, "I feel that if it were to be one of my children, yeah, I would look for him to go to prison."

Mitchell is due in court Thursday morning.

Pitt County Schools say it is unclear if they will find a permanent replacement to fill Mitchell's position.


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  • by Anonymous on Apr 3, 2009 at 02:26 AM
    Do some of you actually red before you comment? It doesn't say he admitted to the crime. It says he turned himself in. LOL
  • by belive Location: some on Apr 2, 2009 at 05:56 PM
    I think he just said he did it because he knew that this wasnt going to end...i dont belive he did it...
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Apr 2, 2009 at 12:53 PM
    Well, "GoPirates", you would be referred to as someone "running from the law." If someone presses charges against you, you're suppose to report to your local law enforcement agency. I believe that due process will be adhered to in the court of law.
  • by KTP Location: Winterville on Apr 2, 2009 at 11:32 AM
    Where in the report does it say he admitted to the crime? I didn't read that anywhere! You people kill me!
  • by Andy Location: Ayden on Apr 2, 2009 at 09:00 AM
    The report implies that Mitchell has admitted to the crime. Is that what happened or did he submit for arraignment once charges were filed? 2 very different meanings for "turning himself in"
  • by GoPirates Location: GVegas on Apr 2, 2009 at 07:37 AM
    I'm sorry, but I would NEVER turn myself in for a crime that I DID NOT commit!! Ecspecially one that involves acts with a minor that would make me lose my job, possible jail time, and my name slandered on a list of sex offenders. That shows guilty conscience and guilty verdict to me!! I too agree with TOM, where does it say anywhere what we should think or say?? The parents are simply showing their outrage, as I would!!
  • by KC Location: Greenville on Apr 2, 2009 at 07:30 AM
    I don't understand why you get upset over the reporting. What 'Tom' said is exactly correct. Watch the video, there is nothing in the story where the reporter gives his opinion. Everything is attributed and the OPINION comes from parents. AND, if you pay attention, both sides of the story were there...parents and JROTC students. I didn't see that at Channel 9. I'm glad some of you get your citizen journalism degree at Devry University. Be proud...it's hard to take online classes then regurgitate ignorance.
  • by Rabbitt Location: 2 cents on Apr 2, 2009 at 06:58 AM
    He done the right thing by turning himself in. That shows he cares. If he hadnt of turned himself in then they would of arrested him at home or out in public. Doing what he did was courageous whether he did the crime or not. I too hope that if he is truly guilty then he goes away for awhile and if he is not then may the Lord be with him. And yes teenagers do say things that aren't true sometimes which is wrong and I think that if they lied then they too should be punished. It happens all the time when an innocent person gets accused because the Female wants something from an individual but cant get it there way then they run out saying so-n-so touched me. It is rediculous but its the way these children are being raised. No home structure nowadays. Thats where the problem lies and I hope America starts realizing that for once.
  • by idk Location: Greenville on Apr 2, 2009 at 06:35 AM
    I'm not saying I believe he's guilty, but the fact that the mews report says that Mitchell turned himself in says something. Maybe it's just me, but I wouldn't think a person accused of a crime would turn themselves in if there wasn't at least some truth to the accusation.
  • by Al Location: Greene Co on Apr 1, 2009 at 07:56 PM
    The man is INNOCENT till proven guilty. It could be a copy cat thing by this girl or it could be a ligit claim. He will have his day in court this is not the lynch mob days ya know!! Give the man a chance . The state has to prove him guilty beyond any doubt till then why dont you find something better to write about like the flowers and pollen I am sick of all the socialistic liberal journalism. Man you all should take a lesson from CH>9
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