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School leaders hold community meeting following Vina arrests

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Authorities said Tibbs confessed to allegations against him. Authorities said Tibbs confessed to allegations against him.
Keeton was arrested only a few days later. Keeton was arrested only a few days later.
VINA, AL (WAFF) -

School leaders in Franklin County are planning to meet with parents after the arrests of two Vina coaches, both accused of having sex with female students.

Vina High School will hold a town hall-type meeting. Leaders are bringing in several guest speakers, including Franklin County District Attorney Joey Rushing, Sheriff Shannon Oliver and UNA Family Life Educator Dr. Amber Paulk.

Organizers said they want to openly discuss the recent incidents at the school and ways to help identify and prevent future improper involvement between students and teachers.

Superintendent Gary Williams said it's also important for everyone to understand the life changing consequences these acts have caused for all parties.

This meeting will come after two Vina teachers were accused of having sex with students less than one week apart.

Deputies arrested Sonny Tibbs on Nov. 8. Sheriff Oliver said Tibbs has since confessed to the allegations, and the superintendent has asked the school board to terminate his contract.

Less than five days later, deputies arrested Brian Keeton on similar accusations involving a different girl. Keeton has since been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.

Both men are coaches and are out on bond.

The community awareness meeting is scheduled for Monday at 6 p.m. It will be held in the multipurpose room at Vina High School.

Parents, teachers, students and other community members are encouraged to attend.

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