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Ripley High School teacher accused of statutory rape

A high school teacher in Ripley, Tennessee has been shut out of her classroom after charges she had sexual contact with two of her female students.

Ripley High School marketing teacher Amy Elder faces 15 charges, including those of rape and sexual battery.

"Mrs. Elder has been suspended without pay indefinitely pending the outcome of this investigation," said Lauderdale County Schools Superintendent Phillip Jackson.  "After that, we'll make a determination as to what steps we need to take next."

Jackson said he couldn't believe the charges against Elder.  Neither could many of her students.

"I was shocked, because I didn't think she would do anything like that,” said Ripley High junior Isai Ward.

"I still don't believe it," said Ripley senior Chris Graves. "She's a cool dude and all. She'd walk down the hall getting people out of trouble and stuff."

Because the investigation is ongoing, officials would comment on the case, but the indictment against Elder states that between September 2006 and March 2008, she had sexual contact with two of her students, who at the time were 15 and 16 years of age.

Officials won't say whether or not the sexual encounters happened inside Ripley High School. 

The District Attorney's office requested bond in the case, but because Elder had no previous record, she was released on her own recognizance.  

Elder's students were afraid her clean record may be all she has to hold onto.  
 
I hope she keeps her head up and prays all night and every day. God Bless her,” Graves said.

Elder is set to go on trial October 21st in Ripley, Tennessee.


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