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.