Posted on June 30, 2005

Police: Aldine Teacher Convinced Students to Torch Her Car

AP, June 29, 2005

Two high school students were failing chemistry when investigators say their teacher gave them a combustion assignment outside the lab — torch the teacher’s car for a passing grade.

Tramesha Lashon Fox, 32, is charged with insurance fraud and arson.

A Aldine Senior High School teacher has been charged with giving the students a passing grade in return for dumping and burning her car.

Tramesha Lashon Fox, 32, of Kingwood, is charged with insurance fraud and arson, authorities said. Officers obtained warrants for Fox Tuesday and were searching for her.


Investigators said the plan involved Fox leaving her car unlocked with the keys inside at a mall. On the last day of school, May 27, the students drove the car to a wooded area, doused it with charcoal lighter fluid and let it burn, Deutsch said.

Fox reported the theft that day.

At the time Fox was at least three months behind on her car payments and facing repossession, Deutsch said.