Provine teacher fired by JPS after indicted on sex charges - - Jackson, MS

Provine teacher fired by JPS after indicted on sex charges

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Provine High School teacher has been indicted by a Hinds County Grand Jury after she was accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student, according to the student's attorney. 

Jackson Public Schools says 39-year-old Amber Turnage no longer works for the school district. 

READ MORE: Investigation launched into Provine teacher's alleged sexual relationship with 17-year-old student

"My clients are pleased that the criminal justice system has taken this first step," said attorney Warren Martin. "All Mississippi children deserve a healthy, safe, and secure school environment. We will continue to closely monitor action taken by the criminal justice system in this case and will vigorously advocate the civil rights of this young man and his family."

The Jackson Public School District has released a statement on May 3 saying: 

“The District takes these allegations very seriously and is conducting a thorough investigation. The teacher involved has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation. Once the investigation is complete, JPS will take the appropriate action. We have reported this matter to our local law enforcement agency. The Department of Human Services and the Mississippi Department of Education has also been notified. The safety and well-being of our students is of utmost importance and a top priority.”

State law requires teachers and administrators be afforded a probable cause hearing before an arrest is made.

We will follow this story as it continues to develop. 

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