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SHS teacher facing fraud charges, out of job


Jennifer Baggett

Jennifer Baggett



Dispatch Staff Report



A Starkville High School teacher facing a slew of felony charges is no longer a school district employee, officials confirmed this morning. 


A Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District spokesperson told The Dispatch 45-year-old Jennifer Baggett's employment with the district ended today. School officials did not release on the record whether she resigned or was fired, nor did they say whether her employment ended in light of her legal troubles, citing these were personnel matters protected from disclosure. 


Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office Lt. Brett Watson said investigators arrested Baggett on Oct. 3 for six counts of fraudulently obtaining goods by false identification. Watson said Baggett was obtaining financial credit by not using her real name. 


She is still being held in the Oktibbeha County Jail with bond set at $60,000. She has not been arraigned yet and her court date is still to be determined. 


Baggett, who was first hired in 2014, moved to SHS this school year, the spokesperson said. Before that, she taught at Armstrong Middle School. 


She is also the wife of SOCSD Assistant Superintendent David Baggett. The spokesperson said this morning, however, the charges against Jennifer Baggett will not affect her husband's employment.




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