CONCORD, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A teacher at Cox Mill High School is accused of having an inappropriate consensual relationship with a student.
Katherine Ross Ridenhour, of Concord, is charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a student. According to Concord police, the 23-year-old was engaged in a relationship with a 17-year-old male student.
The inappropriate contact between the teacher and student happened multiple times during the last month and a half at Cox Mill High School, according to police.
Ridenhour started working for the district in August 2016 as a family consumer and science teacher at Cox Mill High School. According to Ridenhour's bio on the Cabarrus County Schools' website, which appears to have been written just before the start of school this year, she's married and served as a junior varsity cheerleading coach in addition to her teaching responsibilities. She resigned from Cabarrus County Schools on November 14, 2017, according to district officials. Her bio has since been taken down.
"They need to come up with something more severe and strict in cases like this. I don’t know what but something needs to be done because it’s happening everywhere daily," said parent Lavonne Strickland.
"I think it’s appalling, and I don’t understand why this keeps happening. It’s being reported a lot and I don’t understand why teachers think it’s ok to mess around with students," said parent Daisy Rawlins.
Ridenhour is due in court Thursday morning.