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PCHS teacher on adminstrative leave; no arrest yet

School officials confirmed a teacher had inappropriate contact with a student. Superintendent Dr. Michael Duncan released this statement: On Saturday May 20, a Pike County High School teacher reported to District Officials that they witnessed a male teacher engaged in inappropriate contact with a female student. As a result of the District investigation, the employee is on administrative leave pending a termination hearing. The School District is cooperating with the Pike County Sheriff’s Department to uncover the full extent of the relationship. ”Although we are angry and heartbroken, the courage and sense of duty exhibited by the staff member who reported the incident is a reminder to our community that our teachers take their professional responsibilities seriously and care deeply for the welfare of each child,” said superintendent Dr. Michael Duncan. “It is disappointing that the actions of one shed a negative light on our school system.” Sheriff Jimmy Thomas issued a statement ‘addressing rumors’. He reported the teacher, whom sources say is a coach, has not been arrested. The ‘cpntact’ between the pair reportedly occurred after a powderpuff game Friday. Here is the statement in full: Due to the numerous rumors that are being passed around social media the Pike County Sheriff’s Office makes the following press release: The Pike County Sheriff’s Office has an open investigation in reference to allegations that have been made against a teacher. The Sheriff’s Office , District Attorney’s office and School System have been in close contact as this case is being investigated. The case remains open and Investigators continue to follow leads as they develop. As in any investigation new information and “rumor mill” statements must be followed up on to determine fact from fiction. Anyone with any information pertaining to this case can contact a an Investigator at 770-567-8431. If there are any new developments in this case the media and public will be updated when possible. At this time no arrest has been made in this case.

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