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Alleged relationship between teacher, student at Eunice school

A high school teacher in Eunice, Louisiana, who resigned earlier last month was recently arrested by Eunice police. According to reports, she has been accused of a crime: records indicate that she has been charged with prohibited sexual contact between an educator and a student. The former English teacher at Eunice High School turned herself into police and was later released after her $2,500 bond was posted.

Several weeks ago, rumors began swirling that the teacher had exchanged lewd text messages with a student. According to police, the principal knew about the text messages some time before the teacher resigned from her position. Police have also alleged that the principal and the teacher were involved in a sexual relationship, a connection that authorities have said constitutes sexual misconduct. Authorities may believe that because of this relationship, the principal did not inform police of the alleged situation.

If the faculty members of a school are considered public servants, then the principal may be charged with misdemeanor malfeasance of office. This is because state law requires that public servants with such knowledge inform local law enforcement so that they can act accordingly. It is not yet clear if a principal is a public servant, though.

Attempts to contact the principal at home were unsuccessful-the number had been reportedly disconnected. According to reports, the situation has resulted in some people picketing at the school and at the school district's office. Some of the picketers believe that other officials knew about the reported situation between the teacher and the student and tried to cover it up. When asked about this, the interim superintendent said that he had not heard the rumors until after the teacher had resigned.

No details of the length or depth of the alleged relationship between the teacher and the student were released. It is unclear what sort of punishment the woman will receive, should she be convicted.

Source: The Town Talk, "Police: Louisiana teacher sent lewd photos to student," Evan Moore, Dec. 29, 2012

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