Jason Meyers was accused of engaging in inappropriate relationships with several students
A high school teacher in Florida is accused of abusing and molesting multiple female students throughout his 14 years as an educator.
A lawsuit filed by one of the victims against the Miami-Dade School Board claims Jason Meyers had sexual relationships with at least eight current and former students, and school officials were aware of the allegations.
In the document, first obtained by the Miami Herald, the English and creative writing teacher at Miami Palmetto High School, would often spend time alone in his locked classroom with a group of underage students, known as “Jason’s Girls.”
The suit also claims the married father of three encouraged one victim to read the book “Lolita,” specifically telling her to focus on a passage about an older man who seduces a young girl.
He also told another student to break up with her boyfriend and bought provocative clothes for her to wear to school. Meyers, the suit claims, also asked the girl to write a poem titled “Come Inside Me.”
On one occasion, the teacher is said to have had sex with a student inside his classroom.
Jason Meyers was a teacher at Miami Palmetto High School
The document alleges that school officials knew about Meyers’ inappropriate relationships with his students well before his February 2016 arrest.
The Miami Herald reports that the principal at Dr. Michael M. Krop High School was emailed in 2008 about the teacher sleeping with girls in his class.
“In response, (the school system) transferred Meyers to Palmetto High School, where he continued to have unfettered access to female students,” the suit states.
Meyers’ wife, also an employee at Palmetto, reportedly confronted him on school grounds during the 2015-2016 school year about his relationship with a minor.
Meyers was arrested at his home in February. According to the suit, when officers showed up to the educator’s house his three kids were seen “running around inside the house naked and touching their own genitals.” Law enforcement notified the Florida Department of Children & Families.
The teacher was fired after his arrest, a district spokesman said.