Coastal: Teens arrested for Grindr prank
Updated: May 19, 2017 at 11:20 am
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SWANSBORO, N.C. — Two Swansboro High School 16-year-old high school students, Brian Joshua Anderson and Brittney Renee Luckenbaugh, were arrested by Onslow County sheriffs when it was discovered that they had tricked a gay teacher, David Laughinghouse, 51, into sending the teens a nude photo of himself on Grindr, Gay Star News reported.
The teens posed as a 35-year-old man and engaged in catfishing the teacher.
Laughinghouse was initially suspended with pay, but returned to work after the incident. However, he is relegated to a remote location to handle his duties.
A Change.org petition is in circulation asking that the teacher not be isolated and be allowed to return to campus. Laughinghouse, who is grateful for the support being shown to him, has chronicled his experience on Facebook, but is not allowed to discuss anything related to the incident, the Gay Star News added.
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