A Cox Mills High school teacher was charged with 3 counts of indecent liberties with a student according to the Concord police department.
Katherine Ross Ridenhour, age 23, was arrested and charged after allegations she had engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year old male student.
According to school officials, Ridenhour resigned on November 14, 2017.
The former Cox Mills teacher was hired in August of 2016 a consumer science teacher at the high school as well as a junior varsity cheerleading coach.
WNCN reported on the reactions from parents at the school:
“They need to come up with something more severe and strict in cases like this. I don’t know what but something needs to be done because it’s happening everywhere daily,” said parent Lavonne Strickland.
“I think it’s appalling, and I don’t understand why this keeps happening. It’s being reported a lot and I don’t understand why teachers think it’s ok to mess around with students,” said parent Daisy Rawlins.
“I can’t even wrap my head around how disturbing it is, and why it keeps happening. How far do they go to a teachers background? Are they going to make sure we’re not letting teachers inside our school with our child?” parent of Cox Mill High School student Kim Ouimet said.
The Cox Mills high teacher is the 50th teacher arrest being tracked by American Lens since the start of 2017.