High school senior Eric Arty, 18, and his four friends each bet $100 to see who could have sex with Julie Warning, their 26-year-old history teacher at Manhattan Theater Lab High School in New York City.
Andrew Cabrera, a junior at the school, told the New York Post: "It was a bet with a group of his friends. He would go after class and basically try to seduce her. I don't know if she knew [about the bet]. They were all trying to get with her. One of his [Arty's] friends flirted with her more than anyone. I thought he would be the one, but Eric came out of nowhere and got her."
The affair was reported by The New York Post, which published a picture and a video of the pair kissing in Greenwich Village (below).
The case has been turned over to the Department of Education Special Commissioner of Investigations and Warning was reassigned.
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However, School Chancellor Dennis Walcott said: "It's my understanding that she did not show up to her reassignment center. So we'll do more investigating on why she hasn't shown up."
One unnamed student told The New York Post how Warning initially resisted the advances: "[Arty] would flirt with her. She would try to avoid it because she was his teacher. She was a nice teacher and didn’t want to report him, and she would throw him and his friends out of class for trying to flirt with her."
16-year-old student Maia Torruella said: "This has probably been going on for a while now because the signs have been there. The way they act together... When he walks into the room, her face lights up. And when he's gone, she's boring. You can tell he's still on her mind. They're always so nice to each other. He flirts with a lot of girls, sure, but Miss Warning, ohhhhh!"
Warning will not face any criminal charges because her student was 18. Arty, who is expected to graduate this year, does not face any discipline.