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FIRST ON 3: Laney assistant principal accused of inappropriate relations with student

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A Laney High School assistant principal is off the job after an allegations surfaced about an inappropriate relationship with a student. School district spokeswoman Valita Quattlebaum says Stephanie Robin Lamberty is suspended with pay as the district and the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office investigate.

Quattlebaum says the allegation was reported Tuesday, and the district reported it to law enforcement yesterday.

Lamberty was hired as an assistant principal at Laney in July. She's worked for New Hanover County Schools since 2007.

According to Laney's website, "Lamberty was a Reading First Coach and administrative intern at Snipes Academy of Arts & Design. She has served on the Superintendent's Advisory Council, Positive Behavior Support (PBS) Implementation Team and is a National Board Certified Teacher. Ms. Lamberty was a special education teacher with the Pender County and Duplin County School Districts."

The website also says Lamberty is the school's "freshmen principal."

In a statement to media after WWAY first reported the story, superintendent Tim Markley said, "We take these allegations very seriously. We will not tolerate any inappropriate behavior."

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