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Former ROTC Teacher Charged With Child Abduction

Posted January 10, 2001 6:00 a.m. EST

— A former Nash County teacher is headed to jail after apparently heading out of town with a student.

A 17-year-old girl's father dropped her off at Northern Nash High School last week, but she never went to class. Instead, deputies say she met 63-year-old Clifton Keplar and went to Alabama.

Keplar will be charged with one count of child abduction. School leaders say they are relieved to know the girl is coming home.

"As a parent myself and as a career educator, I'm very relieved. I know our board members will be relieved," says George Norris, superintendent of Nash County Schools. "They've been concerned about this, and we hope we get her back and hope we can get her back in school. She was a good student.""

Keplar retired from the ROTC program last month after 18 years with the school.