Volusia County teacher claims peer threatened her life in school

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VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - A Volusia County second-grade teacher said she's fighting off a stalker who happens to be a first-grade teacher she claims threatened her life at school.

Turie T. Elementary second-grade teacher Nicole Ryans told a judge her life's been a living hell for seven years. The 40-year-old claims she's relentlessly harassed both physically and emotionally by first-grade teacher Renea Robinson.

Ryans claims the harassment started in 2008 shortly after Robinson was hired.  It's believed the teachers' tussle is all rooted in a relationship Ryans had with Robinson's husband.

"The claimant had a relationship with my client's husband back in 2008 when he was single," said defense attorney Steven DeLaRoche.

Things have gotten so bad that each teacher has taken a leave of absence, Channel 9 has learned.

A judge has also granted Ryans a temporary injunction.

In her petition, Ryans wrote: "(Robinson) would have no qualms about harming me and my family or ending our lives."

But Robinson's attorney said that's simply not true.

"I have nine teachers, including the teachers that will testify that none of this occurred," said attorney Steven DeLaRoche.

The Volusia County School District has started its own investigation.