JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — An attorney hired by the family of a Provine High School senior says a teacher allegedly had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old.
Jackson Public School District tells WJTV that the teacher has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation.
Attorney Warren Martin said the 39-year-old woman allegedly had a sexual relationship with the male student for about four to five months.
Martin held a news conference Wednesday afternoon. He said a police report has been filed and that Jackson Police are investigating the accusations.
He said the family told him that the teacher allegedly approached the student in December 2016 and that’s when the sexual acts started.
Martin said the teen was given gift cards and money to keep quiet.
Below is the statement from the school district about the allegations:
“The District takes these allegations very seriously and is conducting a thorough investigation. The teacher involved has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation. Once the investigation is complete, JPS will take the appropriate action. We have reported this matter to our local law enforcement agency. The Department of Human Services and the Mississippi Department of Education has also been notified. The safety and well-being of our students is of utmost importance and a top priority.”