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ONLY ON 3: Duplin Co. teacher quits amid sex with student allegations


DUPLIN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Parents think school is one of the safest places for their children to be, but they don't always know what happens behind closed doors.

A Duplin County high school teacher is under investigation after allegedly being caught having a sexual relationship with one of her students. Emily Efird, a teacher at James Kenan High School, resigned two weeks ago after the allegations surfaced.

Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace says his office received a tip from the public and the Duplin County Board of Education about the situation.

A statement from the school system says it became aware of the situation April 8 and immediately suspended the teacher. A district spokeswoman says the next week the teacher resigned.

The district would not identify the teacher, but students did, as Efird, an English teacher, and a list of teachers who resigned from the school system in April shows Efird was the only teacher from James Kenan to quit.

"I thought it was just a rumor," one student told us.

We wanted perspective from students, but we are protecting their identities because they are minors.

Students from Efird's class say she was "odd." One student says she favored boys and used pet names like "babe."

Students say Efird was married and recently had a baby.

"I never really noticed anything between them until everything happened," another student said.

Sheriff Wallace says the investigation continues, but he said he could neither confirm nor deny Efird is the teacher under investigation. He says detectives will decide whether to press charges after they get phone records.

We went to a home we believe belongs to Efird, but no one answered the door. We have not yet been able to find a phone number for her.

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Wasn't this supposed to go to trial by now?

Any word on what is going on with this case? I would be very interested to know where this teacher is right now.

She and her husband live

She and her husband live right outside of Charlotte now and she is a registered sex offender:

Where's the Sheriff now?

Is this sicko going to be arrested or what?

lord. all of y'all get a

lord. all of y'all get a life. just watch the video and shut up! keep the comments to yourself ! dont nobody care what you got to say. like swerve.

I'm guessing...

I am guessing that since you want us to keep our comments to ourselves, you care about what we have to say. Another genius.

Jumping to Conclusions

I have known other teachers who were unfairly accused of similar allegations. They were not guilty, but wanted to or did resign because they could not go back to the school and face the lack of respect they would have if they returned, even if cleared of all wrong-doing. In fact, you all have proven that just putting this in the paper has ruined her reputation as a teacher, even if no charges brought, or brought and dismissed, she will always be labeled by this incident.

The Boy

REALLY????? You're going to sit there and blame an innocent child for this???? No matter his background or lifestyle, point is he is still the minor in this.


There are consequences for your actions. I feel sorry for everyone in this situation especially the people it affects around them. She is married and recently had a baby. How about the husband and the child in this situation? The boy and his family? Sad situation.


YOU ARE ALL RIDICULOUS. Like you are saints, get over yourselves! This woman was THE BEST teacher at James Kenan. She saved me from dropping out. She was my mentor in LIFE and in SCHOOL. She is a lovely person. I do not know if these allegations are true but for all I give a f, it does not change who she is as a person. She's the only teacher in this county who got CAUGHT. There are plenty of teachers at James Kenan who have 'inappropriate relationships' with students. OPEN YOUR MIND AND SHUT YOUR MOUTHS!

Actually, honey. there are

Actually, honey. there are better teachers at JK. This particular teacher might have saved you from dropping out but is not the best in what her profession is . which is teaching .

She taught AP and Honors,

She taught AP and Honors, some college courses and had the highest education for her profession. Yeah. Keep talkin' youngin'


Highest degree is a PHD. I don't believe Mrs. Efird was a doctorate in teaching.

She had sex with a

She had sex with a child/minor! It's in black and white. She probably was a lot of things but now, she's a sex offender. You need to WAKE UP. I haven't broken any laws.

Have a seat.

Have a seat.

One thing that is bad is

One thing that is bad is that when she seeks another teaching position, the current school will not be allowed to tell the potential employer about her history. We can thank the teachers' unions for that. They should be made to register like all of the other sex offenders.

North Carolina

NC doesn't have a teacher's union. So, please don't make yourself sound like an idiot with that excuse. I hear it all the time, and it's useless.


North Carolina Teachers DO have a union, it's just disguised as the North Carolina Association for Educators, and nationally, the National Association of Educators.

Felony Charges

If she is guilty, she'll have felony charges. Does schools not require a back ground check? Please.

Lets be honest shes not the

Lets be honest shes not the only one in James Kenan H.S thats having sex with the students she just was the one that caught theres a few officers and teachers up there doing what they please the while school needs investigating


Is she going to blame this on 'post-partum' the teacher from Burgaw Middle School, not to long ago. This is getting completely ridiculous!

They should both be put on the sexual predator list (Megan Mantooth was not and I am still so appalled by that)

This is nothing new...this went on back in my haydays

I have known students/athletes who dated teachers/coaches/bus drivers AND the school police officers at NHHS 20yrs ago. I remember one firing of the bus driver....but other then that nothing ever became of it. It was a well known secret and to the students it was the coolest thing. But looking back..I can now see how it was wrong of the adults to prey on young minds. And NO, I was never involved with any of that hooplah...just friends I knew. Sad but it goes on more then you think

Perhaps it's nothing new, but that was before the idiots....

...took to FaceBook, can't seem to find a way to keep their immature mouths shut and tell everything they know to the world!

The most important question.

As yet we have not answered the most important question about this crime… was the teacher hot?

T.W. Duke

Dude, check out the news

Dude, check out the news video clip! They show her picture. Then, you can be the judge....

Hello? Did you not see the

Hello? Did you not see the news clip video (above)? They show a picture of her. Judge for yourself.

She looked like a crackhead.

She looked like a crackhead. Does that answer the question? She was very boney and her teeth were stained from smoking and she wore baggy clothing


Where were these kinds of teachers when I was in high school. As a teenager, I was always ready for additional tutoring

The article says she was

The article says she was married and recently had a baby. That's the type of relationship/affair you wanted as a teenager? NICE!

I assume you think that was

I assume you think that was a funny comment but you are a sick person. You're train of thought is one reason our country is in the shape it is. Teachers having sexual relationships with students is immoral as is any sex outside of marriage between a man and woman. I know this is not a popular stance now days but it is what God created. Folks who don't believe this now will one day, I promise.
With a comment like this, I hope you don't work anywhere around children.
Additionally, I can't believe WWAY would post this type of sick comment.

You reap what you sow,

You reap what you sow, wasn't that long ago we had the most "beloved" president look us straight in the eye on national TV and point his finger at us and say "I didn't have sex with that girl", even lied to the Grand Jury about it, but she was a little smarter than him, and his story fell thru, but that has set the stage for the demoralizing of our kids, they are now about the right age for this wreckless behaviour to be coming full circle.