SMITHS STATION, AL (WTVM) - A high school teacher in East Alabama is now on administrative leave following allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a student.
Lee County Schools Superintendent Dr. James E. McCoy released a statement on the matter, saying:
Lee County Sheriff's Office also released a statement, saying:
The reasons the alleged conduct did not meet the elements required to support a criminal charge are based on the student's age.
Sheriff Jay Jones explains Myrick will not be charged because the student involved is 17, not because investigators don't believe the alleged inappropriate text messaging took place.
"In Alabama, the cut-off for a lot of offenses involving children is 16 and in this particular case the student involved was aged 17," explained Sheriff Jones.
The Lee County School Board is still investigating the incident. Meanwhile, we asked Sheriff Jones if Alabama laws should be altered to include children under the age of 18.
"That is something to be considered by the Alabama Legislature," Sheriff Jones said. "I don't think it would be a bad idea to look at existing law and make sure all children under the age of 18 are protected, especially in a school setting,"
We reached out to Myrick via the email address listed on the SSHS website, and have not heard back from him.
This is a developing story. Check back for more updates.