Former teacher faces charge

Sarah Renee Banner

SUMMERVILLE -- A 25-year-old former teacher from Summerville High School has been accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old male student.

Sarah Renee Banner is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She was released from the Dorchester County Detention Center on a $5,000 bond Friday, hours after her arrest.

According to a police incident report, the boy's parents met with police Wednesday about their son and Banner. In the report -- parts of which were redacted because he is a juvenile -- the youth is described as wanting to show off a picture the previous week of "a teacher that likes him."

The statement was first dismissed as him just "joking around," the report states. He was told "teachers and students cannot be in a relationship with each other," the report states.

The boy failed to return home June 1 as planned, prompting his mother to take away his mobile phone and restrict him to home and limiting his vehicle use.

Shortly after getting possession of the phone, one of the parents said a picture message came through from a number stored as Banner's, depicting a graphic image of a female's body part, the report states.

The report states the boy was next seen in Banner's car in the parking lot of Summerville High School. Banner allegedly fled the parking lot in a gray Toyota compact "failing to stop before entering the roadway, nearly causing a collision."

After telephone contact was made, the boy was found at Newington Elementary School standing next to a woman, "later identified as Banner, and the Toyota vehicle in which they saw Banner driving earlier."

Banner had been at Summerville High for three years but had opted not to continue her contract after the current session ended, said Pat Raynor, public information officer for Dorchester District 2. The district is conducting its own investigation of Banner, she said.

Banner had taught social studies and history.