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Lake County teacher accused of misconduct appears in court

Tracy Hinson (file photo) Tracy Hinson (file photo)

A judge in Lake County dropped charges Wednesday against the Mid-South teacher accused of a lurid relationship with a student, but prosecutors said the case was far from over.

Lake County High School teacher Tracey Hinson is accused of trading intimate text messages with a 16-year-old boy.

Hinson rushed out of the courthouse after the hearing Wednesday afternoon, not stopping to answer any questions.  She gave a quick wave to her dozens of supporters from a car before the driver took off.

Many current and former students did stop to talk in support of Hinson.

"No one in this case is a victim, especially not that young boy," Lake County junior Chase Rogers said. "Everyone is blowing it completely out of proportion."

Parents and grandparents of Lake County students came out in support, too.

"She is a good person," Joyce Letters said. "Raised three wonderful children. Worked hard for this school."
    
Still, not everyone was behind the embattled teacher.
 
"I'm 23, and when I was in school, I knew she was messing with boys in school," former student Tavetha Tanner said.

Tanner said boys in her school bragged about relationships with Hinson.

Investigators claim Hinson traded intimate and inappropriate text messages with a 16-year-old boy.  Sheriff Danny Tippit said their investigation is only just beginning.

"This is not the end- only the beginning," he said.  "A high profile case is going to take time. Needs to be done right. Our investigators are on it."

Tippit said it's a tough case in a small community where everyone knows one another.

"I know all the parties," he said. "Makes it hard in a small town."

Media attention about the case prompted someone to put up handmade signs all around Lake County High School.  One sign asks reporters to be respectful, while another tells students and faculty they're loved.

The charge dismissed Wednesday was a misdemeanor dealing with the teacher causing a student to violate school policy by sending text messages.  We will continue to follow this case and let you know if and when new charges are filed.


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