State to suspend arrested Tishomingo teacher's license

Published: Sep. 20, 2016 at 10:27 PM CDT
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TISHOMINGO, Okla. (KXII) -- Although Tishomingo Public School teacher Shelley Jo Duncan has not been formally charged by the District Attorney's office, she may end up finding herself in trouble with the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

Duncan is accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 14-year-old.

Oklahoma State Department of Education Communications Representative, Annette Price said, "The status of Shelley Jo Duncan certification will be brought before the state board of education on Thursday. The Oklahoma State Department of Education will recommend suspending her teacher certification at that time."

Some people around Johnston County say they think a suspension is the right choice, like Johnston County resident Barbara Price.

"I agree with them suspending her license until they find out the truth because if it could have been ongoing and this child -- this minor could have led up to that," Price said. "You don't know both sides of the story, so I think she should be suspended until the truth is known."

Kasper said, she thinks local school officials need to pay more attention to teacher-student relationships.

"They need to watch those situations closer because, teenage males do tend to have fantasies about female teachers."

Since Duncan's arrest last week, the school district nor Duncan's husband, Tishomingo School Superintendent Kevin Duncan, have been available to comment on the situation. Kasper says, she thinks the issue is unfair for the superintendent.

"Well you can't hold him accountable for his wife does, he's his own individual."

Duncan is expected to be charged by the DA's office any day.