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Posted: 5:33 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
A Myers Park High School teacher was suspended on Monday, only a few days after she was arrested for engaging in sexual activity with a student. Kristina Ngum had a meeting with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials Monday morning and found out that she has been suspended with pay. CMS said it is working closely with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department on the case and the district has launched its own internal investigation. It's still not exactly clear what allegedly happened between the exceptional children's (EC) teacher and the student. Eyewitness News obtained the police report on Monday. The report leaves most of the details out to protect the alleged victim. But it does say he's 17 years old, that he reported the incident and that the alleged misconduct happened last May.
It is news that shocked people Monday at Myers Park High School, where Ngum has worked since last March. "I think that it's so sad and it's so ridiculous and I just don't understand it. I mean, we just moved here, and I just couldn't believe it when I heard it," said parent Adrianne Darden. Police said they discovered the relationship after the alleged victim was arrested on an unrelated drug charge on Friday, but they won't say how. Detectives said the sexual activity happened off campus, and not at school. Ngum, whose Facebook page says she's a wife and mother, turned herself in on Saturday and bonded out of jail soon after. Eyewitness News stopped by her Mint Hill home today but no one answered the door, and when we called her, no one answered the phone. Some parents said they're waiting for more information about the case. "If it turns out to be true it would be a great concern to me, but until the facts come out I'll probably reserve judgment until that happens," said parent Billy Dillion. "What if she's totally innocent? It's horrible if she's guilty," said parent Heather Banks. If she is guilty? "She needs to not be working with children and she needs to get help," said Banks. Eyewitness News spoke with many students today. One who knows Ngum said she's a very nice teacher and he was surprised to hear the news. She's due in court on Tuesday.
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