State suspends former Hough HS teacher after nude video

by: Greg Suskin Updated:

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CORNELIUS, N.C. - Students at Hough High School told Channel 9 that English teacher Ken Cross was a favorite at the school, and they were stunned to see him naked in a video on Twitter.

Jackson Schoch couldn't believe it.

"He livestreamed it on Twitter. He allowed his students to follow him on Twitter," he said. “One of his old students tuned in and saw that and he was like, 'Oh my God, that's my teacher!’"

The incident happened after the principal at Hough had already given Cross a warning. A letter to Cross from the North Carolina Department of Education mentions that letter.

“A letter of caution in 2015, from your principal, who strongly recommended that you not befriend parents and students on your personal social media accounts," it read.

Cross, 51, taught at Hough since 2013.

He resigned in August 2016 before classes started. His teaching license is suspended until June 30, 2018.

Channel 9 went to the last known address for Cross and someone there said he'd moved to Virginia and had retired from teaching.

Parents waiting to pick up their teenagers outside the high school Wednesday afternoon had heard about what happened, but didn't know Cross was no longer allowed to teach for a year.

Chuck Sparrow said his daughter, a sophomore, told him about the incident.

"I think it (his license) ought to be suspended longer than that. I mean, sending nudes like that, that's perverted," he said.

Cross can contact the ethics committee after Dec. 1 and ask for his suspension to be lifted early, according to the state.

He's also required to have mental health counseling during his suspension.

Cornelius police said they did not investigate the case and no charges were filed.    

The incident did not happen at school and did not involve any students.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials said that's why Hough parents were not notified about the incident by the school, or district officials.