Defund reports that a 15-year-old girl went missing shortly after another high school student caught a 50-year-old teacher kissing her in the classroom. Now, reports say the Tennessee teen’s social media status suggests they may be married.
Monday, the family of Elizabeth Thomas told reporters that another student walked in on the teacher and the teenage girl before she went missing. The teacher, Tad Cummins, was reportedly kissing the teen. She went missing shortly after on January 23.
After taking a night to think about what she’d witnessed, the student reported the incident to school authorities.
In early February, the school suspended Cummins. He had been ordered to stay away from the student after the kiss had been reported. Authorities say he took off with the freshman some time last week.
An Amber Alert was issued in an effort to locate Elizabeth Thomas. Reports say the teacher and student were last seen on March 14 at a Shoney’s burger establishment. The search for Thomas has since been expanded.
Somewhere around the time of the abduction, the family noticed a significant change on the teen’s Instagram profile. There’s now a picture of what appears to be a wedding ring, next to the caption “wife.”
Her page is also full of romance quotations stereotypical of a teenage girl, though they take on a dark and creepy tone in light of her disappearance.
“Every Beauty needs her Beast to protect her from everything but him,” one post with Disney characters reads.
Investigators say that Thomas and Cummins are still believed to be together, and released footage Monday of the married health science teacher buying women’s hair dye the week before he and his student disappeared.
The school district is also explaining its investigation after questions about its response to the January kiss, releasing a timeline to WKRN saying that Thomas was removed from Cummins’s class three days after the “peck on the lips” that the pair denied.
Though the school also knew that Cummins was under criminal investigation on Jan. 31, he was not suspended from Culleoka Unit School until a week later on Feb. 6, after allegedly violating an order against having Thomas in his classroom.
He was not officially fired until March 14, after he fled, according to the timeline.
Maury County Schools did not immediately respond to a request for comment about what restrictions were placed on Cummins before his firing.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says that Cummins is believed to be armed with two handguns and driving a Silver Nissan Rogue with Tennessee plates.