Treasurer of First Flight Middle School PTO charged with embezzlement

By on April 1, 2024

Update: The Dare County Schools has issued this statement regarding the story.  “Booster clubs and parent organizations operate independently and are not directly affiliated with the school or district. In response to recent incidents, Dare County Schools is reviewing our policies regarding parent organizations to prevent similar scenarios from happening in the future.”


A treasurer of the First Flight Middle School PTO was arrested in mid-March and charged with embezzlement in connection with missing funds from the organization. According to the Dare County Sheriff’s Department, the approximately $5,000 missing from an account was discovered by a PTO official. Margaret Bryson of Kill Devil Hills was arrested on March 15, and was released after posting a $10,000 unsecured bond.

According to Dare County Court records, Bryson next faces a May 23 court date for a disposition hearing in Dare County District Court.

Efforts to reach the First Flight Middle School PTO for comment before deadline were unsuccessful. But in a statement provided to the Virginian-Pilot, the PTO executive committee, which filed the complaint with the Dare County Sheriff’s office, stated that “We remain committed to the objectives of the FFMS PTO which are: to promote the education and well-being of FFMS students at home, in school and in the community; maintain active communications between parents, faculty, administrators and students; and promote policies and academic programs for the care and development of students. We thank the students, parents, teachers, staff and local community for their support.”

This marks the second embezzlement case in the Dare County Schools within the past month. On March 14, Faatimah Gibbs was charged with embezzlement in connection with the finances of the Manteo Music Boosters. She currently has a Probable Cause Hearing scheduled for June 6.



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  • Larry

    Apparently the Voice has been running cover for this story for weeks now and were finally forced to publish only after the Va Pilot . Seems odd considering they outed the case in Manteo right away. Stealing from our children is as low as it gets , but is having our local news run cover for it any better ?

    Monday, Apr 1 @ 2:33 pm
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Larry, a cheap shot. The reason we ran the Manteo story right away is because we had people in the community who were keeping us informed in real time. The reason we got to the First Flight story late is because the first that someone in that community let us know about it was late last week. Know what you’re talking about before you accuse media outlets of malevolent ulterior motives.

    Monday, Apr 1 @ 3:41 pm
  • Glenn

    Mark, thanks to you & your staff for keeping the community informed. Sad story to have to report.

    Monday, Apr 1 @ 4:00 pm
  • Three strikes?

    The sad thing about this story and all the Facebook and community chatter surrounding it is that it ultimately hurts the kids. First we had the FFHS admin stuff. Then Manteo fine arts. Now FFMS. It casts the entire DCS system under a cloud of suspicion. Every time a kid is selling a candy bar or a raffle ticket or a pancake dinner ticket or hosting a car wash or whatever … there’s going to be folks wondering — and perhaps justifiably so — “where is this money actually going?” So often, this fundraising pays for stuff above and beyond the typical learning experience that our tax dollars fund: trips, competitions, uniforms and other sports equipment. Each ding against the accountability and trust afforded our students, teachers and countless parent volunteers who ARE doing the right thing will either make these extra experiences more expensive for our families or make them go away altogether.

    Monday, Apr 1 @ 7:41 pm
  • Jay

    “Approximately $5,000.00” is not a lot of money to ruin your life and put a black cloud over the lives of your children. What was she thinking?

    Monday, Apr 1 @ 8:37 pm
  • Currituck

    It takes years to build a good reputation and one bad act to ruin it. These bad actors let there wants and petty jealousies override their will to do what they know is right.


    Tuesday, Apr 2 @ 4:16 am
  • Local Bob

    I hope she at least bougt something cool like a jet ski or flatscreen tv

    Tuesday, Apr 2 @ 10:13 am
  • Arthur Pewty

    $5000 would buy a lot of white claw and hot wings for those “parent-teacher organization” meetings.

    Tuesday, Apr 2 @ 1:30 pm
  • Barbara

    I’ve known Maggie for 15 years she’s involved herself with numerous school functions always putting children first. none of us knows what happened or why but she’s innocent til proven guilty and to me I will hold her up with kindness and compassion regardless of outcome come on people I can’t imagine the pain this family is experiencing show compassion you never know when it’s your turn

    Tuesday, Apr 2 @ 5:56 pm
  • Jim

    Every organization (civic or private) should have independent auditing as part of its operating model. We all trust each other until we don’t. Unfortunately, we don’t all live our lives “acting in private the same way we would if we were acting in public”.

    Tuesday, Apr 2 @ 7:31 pm