PLANT CITY, Fla. (October 1, 2012)—A feud between two teachers in a Tampa Bay, Fla., area high school social studies department led one to try to hire a hit man to kill the other, authorities say.
The relationship between one-time friends James Pepe and Robert Meredith deteriorated as they worked together at Strawberry Crest High School, authorities said.
They say Pepe, 55, eventually transferred to Bloomingdale High School near Tampa where he was arrested last week.
Plant City police spokesman Tray Towles says Pepe suspected Meredith was spreading rumors about him.
Police started investigating in August after a man called and told them Pepe tried to hire him to kill Meredith.
The caller said he was Pepe's friend.
Pepe was ordered held without bond in the Hillsborough County Jail.