She called in sick. Then, police say, she robbed a bank.
Early in the afternoon of Dec. 16, the day she didn’t come to work, authorities say, a 49-year-old English teacher from Brookline, N.H., her face obscured by a multicolored scarf, showed up at Washington Savings Bank in the nearby town of Tyngsborough, handed the clerk a note on a crisp white envelope neatly folded into thirds, and left with an unspecified amount of money....
Police say the teacher, Gail Rasmussen, took at least $3,000 in total, and that 20 minutes after one of the robberies, she was spotted at Mohegan Sun Casino.
“It is out of the realm of anything I’ve experienced,’’ said Susan Hodgson, superintendent of the Hollis-Brookline school district where Rasmussen taught English to seventh-graders. “Safe to say her personal life was something we weren’t aware of. Certainly nothing was amiss in the classroom.’’
A taxpaying citizen who started as an assistant teacher and liked it so much that she finished up school and became licensed, a teacher who payed her taxes, will now in all likelihood go to prison for a very long time, costing the system at least $45k for each year she's locked up. Note -- these costs are never factored into any of Clyde Barrow's casino bonanza reports.