Kristine Ngum, an exceptional children’s teacher at south Charlotte’s Myers Park High School, was arrested Saturday, Jan. 5, and charged with a felony count of sex with a student.
Ngum has been suspended with pay from the school while police investigate the charge. The student was arrested on a drug charge, according to police. During their conversations with him, police say they learned new informaiton that led to the investigation into alleged sexual activity between the student and teacher.
Ngum was hired by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in March 2012, nearly a year after she was arrested for shoplifting from a Khols in Matthews. In a brief statement released Monday, school system officials said “CMS is working very closely with CMPD on the investigation. We take these allegations very seriously. The district has launched an internal investigation on this case.”
CMPD officials have said the sexual incident under investigation did not take place on Myers Park property.
“I will say that Myers Park is a very safe place … I am not fearful for my children to be there,” said Marinn Bengel, co-president of Myers Park’s parent-teacher group, who added that she has not heard any concerns from other parents. “But this is a sad reality of the same thing that has happened in a number of institutions lately. It asks the question ‘What should we be doing differently?’ I do not believe this occurred because the school was not following the right procedures.”
Ngum was released from Mecklenburg County jail on a $2,500 bond, according to the jail website.
Anyone with information on the case can call CMPD Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.