Peer issues may have led teacher to leave town Family seeks reasons why Randallstown woman disappeared for week


A Randallstown High School teacher who disappeared on her way to work last week may have left because of problems with co-workers, her son said yesterday.

Gwendolyn Marie Whiten had been missing almost a week when she called her son, Bennie Whiten III, Monday from a Boston gas station.

Mr. Whiten declined to elaborate until he has spoken with school officials.

"At this point, there's some indication that she may have been having some problems with some of the staff," Mr. Whiten said yesterday from his father's home near Boston. "I plan on speaking with those individuals when I get back."

Friends and family had been struggling for answers as to why Mrs. Whiten withdrew money from her bank accounts and disappeared without notifying anyone.

She has been unable to say where she was during the week or how she ended up in Boston.

Mr. Whiten said he was unsure when he and his sister Leslie would bring their mother back to her Randallstown home.

Mrs. Whiten was admitted to Boston City Hospital for tests Monday after police officers picked her up at the gas station.

Mike Tighe, a hospital spokesman, said Mrs. Whiten remained under observation yesterday and was in stable condition.

Barry Williams, Randallstown's principal, said he was not aware of any problems Mrs. Whiten may have been having at the school.

"I have not talked to either her son or Gwen," Mr. Williams said. "I can tell you that Gwen is well-thought-of by the staff."

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