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Parents, lawmakers concerned over teacher-student sex claims

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Parents in the Vina community have been rocked in recent weeks due to claims of improper relationships between students and teachers. (Source: MGN Online) Parents in the Vina community have been rocked in recent weeks due to claims of improper relationships between students and teachers. (Source: MGN Online)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Franklin County authorities are investigating Vina High School teachers after accusations surfaced of sexual relationships with students. Both teachers are also coaches at the school and were arrested less than a week apart. WAFF confirmed both teachers are placed on paid administrative leave.

Parents may be worried about whether their child may have had similar situations happen to them. Counselor David R. Stephens said there's warning signs parents can look for if they suspect something might be wrong. 

First, a parent may notice significant changes in behavior. Second, a parent may notice a child having major self esteem issues in a short amount of time. Finally, a parent may also notice an unreasonable amount of contact between a child and a coach or teacher.

Stephens said parents need to be involved and informed about what's going on in their children's lives. He added the last thing the public needs to do is blame the victims involved in the investigation.

"Adults are the adults. They are in positions of authority," said Stephens. "Children do not have a fully developed prefrontal cortex and therefore it is very difficult for them to control impulsivity and decision making."

Meanwhile, a lawmaker who covers the Vina area said he wants to see change in laws that allow teachers suspended due to accusations of sexual relationships to go on leave with pay.

Alabama State Senator Roger Bedford, whose district covers Vina, said he'd consider changing the law to not allow teachers to get paid if placed on suspension.

According to investigators, one of the teachers admitted to having a sexual relationship with a student. Senator Bedford said people have the right to be innocent until proven guilty. But he he's open to making a change to the current law.

"When someone is arrested for a crime and they confess to committing the crime for which they are charged then I think there should be a procedure to take them off the taxpayer's pay roll as soon as possible," said Bedford.

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