Jailed teacher sends letter to Nick Bollea

1:47 PM, Jul 8, 2008   |    comments
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Clearwater, Florida - The Pinellas County Sheriff's office is confirming reports that arrested teacher, Stephanie Ragusa, has sent a letter to Nick Bollea in jail.

Ragusa, who taught at Martinez Middle School in Lutz is in the Hillsborough County Jail, charged with having sex with two of her young students.

Pinellas Deputies say they intercepted the letter and returned it to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office because they weren't sure if Ragusa was allowed to have contact with minors. Hillsborough County cleared the letter and a copy was eventually delivered to Bollea.

Here is the text of the letter posted on TMZ.com

Nick,

We don't know each other, but we are both in similar situations with the media and a high degree of public scrutiny. If you are anything like me, I'm sure you receive tons of "fan mail" each day from total strangers who say pretty much anything you can think of. I just want you to know that you are not alone.

And for what it is worth, I can sympathize with the dynamics of your case, esp. in light of the public. It's not us, Nick, but something "off" with society, that our situations garner more attention and print than the President, the election, or even an earthquake killing thousands.

Nothing prepares you for nor prevents it; sensationalism. I have only been here 1 month in administrative confinement, due entirely to my case's "high profile status." I've honestly, not been following your case, except in hearing that our names are mentioned frequently on the news.

Keep your head up and never lose sight of the light at the end of the tunnel. You have more people support and pulling for you than you will ever know. I believe the character of an individual is measured over the long haul. And I have no doubt that you will rise above your current surroundings having experienced a personal inner growth known only to yourself in those many hours of isolation.

You remain in my prayers,

Stephanie Ragusa

Click here to read Stehanie Ragusa's letter on TMZ.com

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