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CMS suspends Myers Park teacher facing student-sex charges

School system says CMPD and CMS both investigating the case

By Steve Lyttle and Cameron Steele
slyttle@charlotteobserver.com

A Myers Park High School teacher accused of having sexual activity with a student has been suspended with pay, pending an investigation, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials said Monday.

Kristine Ngum, 43, met with CMS administrators earlier Monday, according to the school system.

Tahira Stalberte, a spokeswoman for the school system, said CMS is “working very closely with CMPD on the investigation.”

“We take these allegations very seriously,” Stalberte said.

Ngum, who was hired by the school system last March, is an exceptional children’s teacher at Myers Park. CMS officials said Monday that despite earlier reports, Ngum was not coaching cheerleaders at the school.

Ngum turned herself in at the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday after CMPD obtained a warrant for her arrest.

Police say they began investigating Ngum on Friday, after the student was arrested on an unrelated drug charge. Detectives say the alleged sexual activity took place at a location off-campus, but investigators did not say when the activity occurred.

Ngum’s husband, who did not give his first name, told The Observer on Saturday night that when his wife was leaving Myers Park High on Friday afternoon to pick up their children, the male student begged her to give him a ride. She was stopped by police on the way home, according to the husband, although he did not say why the car was stopped. The husband said that during the traffic stop, police found a drug on the student.

The student was arrested, and Ngum came home and told her husband what happened, he said.

Ngum’s Facebook page lists her as a 2010 graduate of UNC Charlotte, where she studied special education. She graduated from high school in 1987 in Petaluma, Calif., according to the Facebook page. Observer researcher Maria David contributed.

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