Urszula Jankowska, a 33-year-old English teacher at the Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design, was arrested yesterday and charged with a criminal sex act, forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child. Jankowska was arrested after being accused of having a three-year "intimate relationship" with one of her charges—starting when the girl was 13. But some of Jankowska's students have their doubts.
The charges against Jankowska came to light after the teacher complained to a principal that a student was threatening her on Facebook. "The student then told a school counselor that she and Jankowska began a relationship in 2008, when the girl was 13, law enforcement sources said. The student said the relationship ended in October 2011, sources said." According to the charges, the alleged sexual misconduct occurred at various locations, including the girl's Queens home, over the course of several weeks last fall.
Jankowska—who was teaching sophomore English and ESL—was promptly removed from the school and, according to a DOE spokesman, the investigation is ongoing. Meanwhile other students are questioning the story: “She takes her job way too seriously,” a senior told the Daily News. “She’s here before school and after school every day," he went on to say before adding that the teacher was involved in the school's "student government, yearbook and even wrote the scripts for the school’s morning announcements."