A former Texas high school coach is facing a felony charge for allegedly giving one of her students ‘morning after’ pills after the student told her that she feared she was pregnant after having unprotected sex with her boyfriend, MyFoxAustin.com reported.
In January, Tracy Steinberg, 32, a coach and math teacher at LBJ High School in Austin, told the student “she and her boyfriend had bright futures, and (Steinberg) could help her out by getting her a ‘morning-after’ emergency contraceptive pill,” The Austin American-Statesman reported, citing the affidavit.
Steinberg allegedly took money from the student and her boyfriend and returned with two pills and a Sprite, MyFoxAustin.com reported. She allegedly kept the box to avoid getting into trouble, according to the report.
After ingesting the pills, the student reportedly began to suffer from side effects. She felt nausea, light-headedness and back pain, the station reported. She reportedly sent the teacher a text message to inform her about the symptoms and Steinberg replied that those symptoms were normal, the station reported, citing the affidavit.
Steinberg texted the girl to “take a hot shower and relax,” The Statesman reported, citing the affidavit.
The symptoms, however, prompted the girl to tell her mother, who reported the incident to school police, the station reported. The teacher was later put on administrative leave with pay and she eventually resigned on Feb. 1, The Statesman reported.
The Austin Statesman reported that the student was 16 years old and, according to the affidavit, a prescription is required for girls under the age of 17.
Steinberg initially denied giving the girl the medication, but allegedly confessed under further questioning, The Statesman reported, citing the affidavit.
"I still love and care about all my students, I always have and always will," Steinberg said, according to The Statesman. "I always put their needs before my own."