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Crime Scene on Pinewood Campus: Sports Betting Ring Found written by the hunger james, staff tribute

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A massive illegal sports betting operation has been discovered at Pinewood’s Upper Campus.

Police raided the school on April 1 after receiving an anonymous tip. Seven employees -- Eric Schreiber, Stephanie Fugita, Ellie Pojarska, Kim Hudson, Aurora Collantes, Tom Carter, and Laurie Eickmeier as well as the ringleader, statistics teacher Elliot Chang, were arrested.

According to police, Chang has been betting on sports games for five years and has made a name for himself with his earnings in the betting community. He is known for betting on baseball and soccer games.

This sports betting ring is one of many in the community, police said. Reports have surfaced that many teachers in other schools are suspected of having similar rings.

“The amount of money he earned was insane,” Officer Johnson Collins said. “We found 11 inscribed rolexes, a Maserati and several other luxury cars, and a solid gold statue of himself at his high-end Woodside home.”

This sports betting ring is one of many in the community, police said. Reports have surfaced that many teachers in other schools are suspected of having similar rings.

“You’ve finally caught me. I’ve been making millions betting on these children. That’s why I became a teacher. Children are very unpredictable and emotional. Betting on the teams and players has been too easy,” Chang said.

At Pinewood, police discovered a physical betting ring in a cellar underneath the teacher’s lounge with drinks and a bar. There are four 55-inch 4k TVs in each corner tracking student-athletes’ statistics in each sport and showing recordings of them playing. One TV shows the reported highest gains of the teachers in the school. Chang is leading the pack, with $1.3 billion in just one year.

"[Kids are] emotional, it’s easy. You may have arrested me, but this betting ring will always be around,” Chang said.

“You’ve finally caught me. I’ve been making millions betting on these children. That’s why I became a teacher. Children are very unpredictable and emotional. Betting on the teams and players has been too easy,” Chang said.

Chang has revealed more information about his sports betting in hopes of getting a lighter sentence.

“If you want them to win, cheer them up, give them a drink; on the contrary, if you want them to lose, just poke fun at them. Tell them they won’t make the varsity team or tell them their performance last game was bad. They’re emotional, it’s easy. You may have arrested me, but this betting ring will always be around,” Chang said.

Chang knows the top players in each sport. For example, he has revealed that he talks to Pinewood baseball player Will McDowell before each of his games in order to manipulate McDowell’s performance. When Chang wants McDowell to play well, he cheers him up and encourages him; when Chang wants McDowell to play badly, he will intentionally trip McDowell in school and try to mock him about his clothing and his smile.

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“We have arrested these teachers and will try to find more rings outside of Pinewood,” Collins said. “So far, this sports betting operation has been a success. Catching Chang has been a challenge. Chang calls all of the shots for sports gambling with his colleagues. Everyone listens to the guy, so taking him out might make everyone stop gambling on these kids.”

McDowell feels used after this situation. Other students are now questioning their relationship with their teachers, wondering if their relationships were only built on money. Another student has come out and reported that he knows a few students who have also been involved in the betting ring.

Police are continuing to investigate.