12 OYS: Reporting inappropriate student-teacher relations

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News 12 This Morning/Thursday May 15, 2014

BURKE CO., Ga. (WRDW) -- Investigators said it all started on Friday when 25-year-old Ashley Ashe was arrested and charged with aggravated child molestation accused of having a sexual encounter with a student.

On Wednesday, 37-year-old Debra Tanksley, a language arts teacher at Burke County High, turned herself in to the Burke County Sheriff's Office where investigators say she sent sexually charged text messages and photos to a student.

Now, Burke County Schools is urging students, parents and the public to come to school officials if they ever have suspicions about inappropriate situations.

It's easy to make a report when one is needed.

Burke County school officials shared the attached documents with News 12, which show that school officials are bound by law to come forward with any information they may receive about sexual misconduct between a teacher and student.

Here's how it works:

- If a student is being victimized, that student or their parent or loved on is asked to make an oral report to any teacher, counselor or school administrator.

- That teacher, counselor or administrator is required to immediately make an oral and written report to the principal or designated school official.

- All information goes straight to the Department of Human Resources or the District Attorney's Office.

- All information also goes to local law enforcement.

In these cases at Burke County High, the Burke County's Sheriff's Office is investigating both incidents.

For more on reporting inappropriate teacher/student relations and on the difference between sexual misconduct and sexual abuse, click on the attached links.

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