UPDATED: Plymouth High School Teacher Suspended

WITN has confirmed Plymouth High School teacher Bertha Valentine has been suspended.

School officials tell us the Washington County Superintendent and the High School's Principal decided it best for Valentine not to return until allegations are cleared up.

Valentine is charged with allegedly running an illegal shot house at her home in Windsor.


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A Washington County teacher has been charged for allegedly running a shot house out of her home.

Windsor police tell WITN News Plymouth High School teacher Bertha Valentine faces several charges, including the sale of alcohol without a permit and a town ordinance violation.

Windsor authorities say Valentine and her brother were running an illegal business in a barn outside their home in Windsor.

When police showed up on February 6, they say they found about 35 people in the barn, drinking and gambling. Authorities also say drug transactions were taking place for about 3 months.

When we spoke with Washington County School Superintendent Dr. Julius Walker, he said Valentine was still working because she hadn't gone to court yet and that's what his attorneys advised since it was a personnel issue.


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  • by Get Over It Location: Where I Want 2 Be on Jul 21, 2009 at 08:39 PM
    People are so quick to judge a person. Until you walk a mile in her shoes don't place judgement on her. I f we as people would take time and handle our own affairs we wouldn't have time to take care of other peoples. As far as our Superintendent goes get off of him. He is doing his job to the best of his ability and we are very proud of him. Ms. Valentine hold your head up you are a great teacher and a fine person. Remember every one has their own situation and everyone has sinned and come short so don't feel bad. We learn from our mistakes and that is that.
  • by A student whose tired! Location: Plymouth on May 13, 2009 at 07:19 AM
    I understand how some of you people feel about Washington county. We accept that you have your own thoughts and feelings about us. Washington County, yes has its days, so does every other school. But this time you people have taken it too far. Many people who have graduated from Plymouth High have become lawyers,doctors, and we even had an NBA player who graduated from here. Washington County may not have the things you have, but they sure do try to give us students a chance. The fact that you talk about our Superintendent is uncalled for. He did what he had to do. So do all the other people in this county district and people all over the world. They do what that think is right and what they have to do. YOU may not like the way we run things here, that's why they created county borders that divide the counties. Instead of talking trash about us, talk about our HOSA, Sports team, outstanding students, etc. Soon it will be another school in the spotlight. May God bless PHS and you!
  • by A-Boog Location: SC, PHS GRAD1998 on May 11, 2009 at 03:24 PM
    First off, alot of people up here are speaking there opinions that all fine. One thing we have to realize is that people have there lives outside of there profession. Whatever she did on her own time is her business. If people mind there business more and stop worrying about what people do life would be alot easier. As for washington county, it is what it is. The education that the students get hve nothing to do with the teachers. The teachers presents the information and its up to the student to take it in and want to learn. If the state would give washington county more money/books bigger library students would have more options to learn. The teachers have nothing to do with it from what they do outside of school. I wouldnt care is she smoked,sold drugs or whatever on her owntime, But ibet she came to school today and taught her lessons and at least one student made an A. So stop worrying about her afterschool life and worry about your kids life.
  • by Friend Location: plymouth on May 7, 2009 at 06:26 AM
    Everybody who do not know her, is jumping to conclusions about her. She was not charged with a felony. Leave her alone and quit passing judgment. Some of you have family members that has done worst!
  • by mike Location: muncie ind. on Apr 8, 2009 at 04:21 AM
    We should not be so quick to jump the gun. We do not know the whole situation. Have you not heard of due process
  • by anonymous Location: plymouth on Apr 2, 2009 at 10:24 AM
    Washington county is in sad state. Why can't our police force do the job that their supposed to do and get the drugs and gangs out of our county. They know every drug dealer, spot, and even who's smoking or indulging, yet they ride around and pretend they don't know or see. It's time to step up and take back this county before there's no one left but the criminals. They are taking over at this point and if something isn't done about it, something really tragic will happen. Some of them think they are invincible and besides, it's going to eventually keep tourist and outside people from wanting to visit our county. So I begged of you to please earn your pay and get n your jobs and stop just riding around and ignoring things. I'm actually afraid for myself and my grandchildren living here. It just continues to go downhill.
  • by Cincerned Parent Location: Plymouth on Mar 24, 2009 at 01:31 PM
    When will the people that make the so called laws for our small community step in to help us so far they are just as guilty if not more guilty than the criminals this whole county is crooked we need FBI CIA SBI we need them to investigate the school the scholl board the sheriff and police office businesses we need a complete clean up or we are just going to end up a gang run town with the law inforcement and makers being the head officers!!!!
  • by justicemissing Location: Hyde Co. on Mar 23, 2009 at 07:44 PM
    I have said it many times....Washington Co. is a lawless place. Say it ain't so Walter Peal.
  • by Sue Location: washington county on Mar 10, 2009 at 03:46 AM
    Well if she lived in Washington County she would have been safe and run a shot house!!!!! Because it go happen all of the time.
  • by Standards Location: North Carolina on Mar 6, 2009 at 03:02 PM
    When you are in the Public Schools, you have to hold a high standard. You are there to teach the child and also me a guide for them. To teach one thing and do another constitutes a problem. I don't know whether this teache ris guilty or not, but she must remember her position and standards.
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