Locals react to investigation of Kingston, Tishomingo teachers

Published: Aug. 11, 2017 at 5:35 PM CDT
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TISHOMINGO, Okla. (KXII) -- "You gotta send your kids to school and they're the ones who are gonna protect them," said a local parent who wanted to remain anonymous.

"You know this is an epidemic across the country," said local Tim Perkins.

For the second time in 12 months, folks in Tishomingo are reacting to news that a teacher is under investigation. The latest news came the same day that nearby Kingston learned they too have a teacher who is being investigated.

"I mean it's pretty sad, the school district needs to do better background checks to keep the kids safe, which is number one," said the anonymous parent. "I mean if they can't do that then what's the sense in sending kids to school?"

Last year, Tishomingo's cheer coach, who is also the superintendent's wife, Shelley Duncan, was arrested for having an inappropriate relationship with a 14 year-old student. Her teaching license was taken away and according to the Oklahoma bureau of investigation, they began investigating a second teacher in late May.

"People will take that kind of chance to ruin their careers, ruin their family's name," said Perkins. "I mean, the whole works, I don't know what causes people to do that."

Locals say these accusations not only hurt the community, it also hurts the students involved.

"It's gonna be a lot of counseling," said the anonymous parent. "They don't understand they didn't do wrong and they're gonna hide it and they shouldn't they should tell somebody, especially a parent."

"They gotta make the punishment so bad it will make people stop and think and stripping of them of their certification, fining them, jail time," said Perkins.

Neither the most recent Tishomingo teacher or the Kingston teacher have been arrested or charged.

We reached out to both school districts.

Tishomingo has not returned our calls and Kingston says they've addressed the issue and the Oklahoma State Department of Education is investigating long with local police.