Wednesday, June 29


The "Houston Chronicle," in a story reported by Peggy O'Hare and Mike Glenn, tells the foolhardy tale of a high school chemistry teacher whose quid pro quo for giving passing grades to two failing chemistry students was that they must torch her automobile in an insurance fraud scheme. One student received an "80" final exam score and the other a "90" as rewards for having burned up the teacher's 2003 Chevrolet Malibu, so she could collect insurance money.

Now both students are to be arrested on arson charges and the teacher, still at-large, is being sought on charges of insurance fraud and arson.

There was obviously some bad chemistry at work when this scheme was concocted.