Sunday, September 24, 2023

No. 10 Most-Read Story of 2021: Vice-principal charged with sexual offenses, commits suicide

Noble Middle School vice-principal David Bostian committed suicide after being arrested on two counts of sexual offense for having a relationship with a student in the early ’90s when he taught at New Hanover High School. (Port City Daliy/Kristen Witkowski)

SOUTHEASTERN, N.C. — As part of our countdown to 2022, Port City Daily is revisiting its most read stories of the year.

Coming in tenth is coverage of a former New Hanover High School student who went on the record with Port City Daily about having a relationship with her then-teacher in the early ’90s.

David Eugene Bostian, 59 — vice-principal of Noble Middle School — was arrested Apr. 2, after being charged with two counts of sexual offense. Claudia Gardner broke her 30-year silence to deputies about a two-year physical relationship she said she had with Bostian when she was 15 and 16.

New Hanover County Schools revealed Bostian resigned on the morning of Apr. 2, and at 9 a.m. the same day police were called to the vice-principal’s home where he was found dead in his driveway from a self-inflicted fatal gunshot wound.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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