Lt. Patrick Upton
of the Loudon County Sheriff's Office has confirmed his office
is in the middle of an investigation regarding a former
teacher's aide at Greenback School. There have been questions
raised about the relationship between Amy Kennedy, 41 and at
least two high school students at the Loudon County school.
Investigators said they're looking into text messages between
Kennedy and the students. The complaint was not from parents.
"We were contacted by the school system," confirmed Upton.
School officials said Kennedy was reported in early December and
resigned soon thereafter.
School officials were reluctant to discuss the matter until
authorities complete their investigation. "There is an ongoing
investigation and due to confidentiality we can't say a lot at
this point. The sheriff's department is doing an extensive
investigation on it," said Wayne Honeycutt, the director of
Loudon County Schools. He did want to reassure parents that,
"the safety of our kids is our primary focus."
No charges have been filed against Kennedy, according to Upton.
"We're looking into charges but nothing is definite at this
time. There is still a lot we've got to do on the case," Upton
said, adding there should be more information available soon.
Kennedy is reportedly the same woman who either jumped or fell
into Tellico Lake earlier this month when her vehicle crashed
into the bridge on Highway 411 South in Vonore. At that time
officials described Kennedy as lucky to be alive after the
65-foot drop to the water. Officials refused to speculate if the
investigation was the reason for Kennedy's plunge into the lake
or if it was in any way related to the investigation.