Just three years ago, Ramsey Carpenter-Bearse was competing for the title of Miss America, having been crowned Miss Kentucky a year earlier. Now she’s back in the spotlight after being arrested Friday on four felony counts of distribution of obscene material to a minor.
Authorities say the former beauty queen, who’s since become a teacher at Andrew Jackson Middle School in Cross Lanes, West Virginia, sent naked photos of herself to a 15-year-old former student. The illicit pictures, which Carpenter-Bearse admitted to sending via Snapchat, were brought to their attention by the boy’s parents.
Carpenter-Bearse, 28, was released on bond following her arraignment. She’s been suspended from her teaching position.
What steps should schools take to better ensure teachers can be trusted with children? Should Carpenter-Bearse be retroactively stripped of her Miss Kentucky title?