Gaston Gazette, Gastonia, N.C.
Gaston County Schools has suspended with pay an assistant principal accused of having sexual relations with a student.
Gaston County Schools disciplined Stuart Cramer High’s Lisa Rothwell on Friday, the same day Gaston County Police arrested her. Rothwell earned about $66,235 as an 11-month employee for the school system, according to county records. She had worked at Gaston County Schools since August 2009.
Rothwell, 34, of Sandy Hook Court, Charlotte, allegedly had both sexual intercourse and oral sex with a student on six occasions between April 1 and July 31, 2019, according to arrest warrants filed Friday.
Rothwell seemed tearful as she appeared before a Gaston County magistrate around 9 p.m. Friday. The magistrate told her because of the seriousness of the charges he was going to hold her on a $1 million bond. He said if she could not make that bond, which could cost her up to $150,000 if she went through a bail bondsman, that she would appear before a District Court judge on Monday and could then seek a reduction in her bond.
Rothwell faces six counts of felony sexual activity with a student by a school employee.
It was not clear if Rothwell’s accuser remains a student.
During her first four years with Gaston County Schools, she taught exceptional children and English at North Gaston High School. She later taught exceptional children at Springfield and Kiser elementary schools and at Stanley Middle School.
Rothwell has been at Stuart W. Cramer High School since 2014. She began working there as an exceptional children teacher and in the occupational course of study. After earning a master’s degree from Appalachian State University, she began working as an assistant principal at Stuart W. Cramer in 2015.
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