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Troubleshooters; Former CBC Instructor Claims She Was Hacked at School

CBC Instructor Says She Was Hacked
Posted at 10:22 AM, Sep 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-05 11:22:44-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Tonight, more allegations of wrongdoing at Coastal Bend College.
An instructor tells her story to the Troubleshooters.
She's claiming her personal gmail account was hacked by a student, and the college didn't do much about it.
In fact, CBC wound up terminating her employment contract.

Dr. Camille Atkinson was an instructor of Humanities and Philosophy at the college for 3 semesters.
But months before leaving the school, Atkinson tells the Troubleshooters she found out she'd been hacked !
She says a CBC student accessed her personal gmail account on a computer in the school's Student Success Center.
"I was told that a student got into it, and printed out some of my emails, and brought them to him. And he said that I destroyed them."

Atkinson is referring to the student, giving copies of her personal emails to Zach Suarez, the school's Dean of Academics, and Atkinson's supervisor.
She says she was never told who the student was, and believes the college covered up the incident, and offered her opinion on why the incident happened in the first place..
"Well, see whether or not I was communicating with someone outside of the college that we'd been told not to communicate with. And that's Dr. Matilda Saenz."

Dr. Matilda Saenz is CBC's former Interim Vice President of Instruction.
She hired Atkinson, and has been outspoken about what she says she witnessed while working at the school.
She was eventually fired.
But now, like Saenz, Atkinson's speaking out.
"And especially when I see the number of injustices, and good people being exploited and taken advantage of, while other people prosper illegitimately. I have to speak out."

According to Atkinson, Dean Suarez informed her that the student was issued a verbal warning for violating the student code of conduct.
Still, Atkinson told us she felt targeted.
"It made me very, very uncomfortable because I always felt like I was looking over my shoulder, wondering who did this and why. And of course, the person I suspect, continued to behave in ways that were bizarre."

Atkinson reported the incident to CBC's Director of Public Safety Kevin Behr, who admitted in a letter he did not interview the student in question as part of his investigation,
but that he was unable to prove the student unlawfully hacked Atkinson's account, thus, no proof of criminal intent by the student.
He further wrote that Atkinson admitted to him that it's possible she did not properly log off the public access computer.
However Atkinston tells the Troubleshooters she never told him that.

Atkinson also filed reports with Beeville Police and the FBI, but told us she hasn't heard back from them.

In April, CBC informed her that her contract was not being renewed.
She appealed, but told us she was never given a reason why she wasn't re-instated.

Dr. Atkinson has moved on to another professional position.
Next week, another former CBC employee tells the Troubleshooters, she felt the school was asking her to break the law.
And that she almost felt as if she was working for a criminal enterprise rather than an educational institution.

By the way, we have learned that the Texas Higher Education Cooordinating Board is still investigating Coastal Bend College.