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Ex-Cumberland teacher faces student sex charges

Posted February 8

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— A former Cumberland County teacher was arrested Monday on charges that she had a sexual relationship with a student, authorities said.

Laura Garrigus, 30, of Barber Avenue in Fayetteville, was charged with four counts of taking indecent liberties with a student and two counts of sexual offense with a student. She was being held in the Cumberland County jail under a $200,000 secured bond.

A 17-year-old female student of the Cumberland International Early College, which is on the campus of Fayetteville State University, told authorities in December that she had been involved in a physical relationship with Garrigus since October.

Cumberland County Schools Superintendent Frank Till said Garrigus resigned in December.

Till said the alleged relationship occurred off-campus and no other students are believed to be involved.

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  • Dale Xavier Feb 14, 2016
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    This lady looks like a Picasso!!!!!!!!!

  • Nygnog Mcgee Feb 12, 2016
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    Not seeing any crime committed here. She should be released into my custody immediately >:)

  • Janet Ghumri Feb 9, 2016
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    Ms. Havisham, you are right about taking abuse more seriously, and I'm sure that is a good part of why we're hearing more about this type of crime.
    I commend the student for her bravery in reporting what happened to her, and I hope that there's no more victims out there.
    It's sad that the people who interact with our youth the most directly can use their authority and /or position to abuse them. We teach our kids to "tell an adult" (parent, teacher, Doctor, counselor, police officer, etc), if something happens, and we hope and pray that they will. But, when one of those trusted adults is the abuser, it becomes confusing for the child.
    Bottom line, this teacher knew that this was a child. She needs to be punished, and she needs to be investigated. Teaching is a noble profession, and this cannot be tolerated.

  • David Hardison Feb 9, 2016
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    Can't we get her a more flattering outfit?

  • Anne Havisham Feb 8, 2016
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    Ms. Ghumri, one of the consequences of taking abuse more seriously is that people feel more comfortable with reporting abuse. Does that mean more abuse is actually happening? I don't know.

    When we make it safe for survivors to come forward and identify abuse that was done to them, we learn truths about the world that we may not always want to know.

  • Jarfaris Brown Feb 8, 2016
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    Wonder if she available for tutoring?

  • Janet Ghumri Feb 8, 2016
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    What is the deal with teachers becoming sexualy involved with students?? They are starting to sound like predators in the school system. Can't trust anyone these days