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Missing Tenn. student Elizabeth
Thomas found, former teacher
Tad Cummins arrested in California

ABC News, by Alex Stone*

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 4/20/2017 3:07:28 PM

Former Tennessee teacher Tad Cummins, who is accused of kidnapping his 15-year-old student, has been arrested in northern California after more than a month on the run, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The student, Elizabeth Thomas, has been rescued, officials said. Authorities from Siskiyou County found them at a commune in Cecilville early Thursday morning. Cummins surrendered without incident and Elizabeth was safely recovered by law enforcement officers, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Efforts to reunite Elizabeth with her family remain ongoing. “Our intelligence analysts and agents have worked tirelessly since issuing this AMBER Alert to

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Reply 1 - Posted by: richwill, 4/20/2017 3:15:18 PM     (No. 11228062)

I wonder --was the sex with a teenage female worth life in prison.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: earlybird, 4/20/2017 4:47:48 PM     (No. 11228181)

She went willingly - was probably wowed that her favorite teacher was fond of her and willing to leave his wife for her. Heavy stuff to a teenager who wanted to be thought of as a grownup, not just another kid.

Both will pay for it. She, with a reputation of being used merchandise; he with his freedom.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Words have Meaning, 4/20/2017 4:48:46 PM     (No. 11228182)

I´m not a shrink, but I don´t see the "Stockholm Syndrome" being used as a defense for this teen.

Sorry to be be so technical, but look it up if you don´t know what it is.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: earlybird, 4/20/2017 4:59:45 PM     (No. 11228199)

Stockholm Syndrome is when a kidnapped person falls for or in with their kidnapper.

She wasn’t kidnapped.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Bazi, 4/20/2017 5:02:58 PM     (No. 11228203)

I´m guessing she was abused. Predators zero in on abuse victims.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: dvc, 4/20/2017 5:16:55 PM     (No. 11228220)

A female friend from HS had an affair with one of her teachers while she was in HS. I was in the class and suspected what was going on.

Decades later we were discussing our time in HS and she told me about it. She went into it clear eyed, is highly intelligent, and was entirely unharmed by the events. She is adamant that she went after him and that he resisted her advances for some time, and she sees, then and now, no harm. She is well adjusted, married to the same guy for decades, several grown kids. No regrets at all. I was there, in the classroom, so I am pretty sure what she says is true, even though I wasn´t certain at the time.

So - I have mixed feelings about this. If the teacher is using his position of authority to coerce the student - very unacceptable. But there are conditions when this is entirely consensual - although, I am aware that the law says that she cannot legally consent.

IMO, this is complex and, possibly no simple answers.

The Letourneau-Fualaau story is somewhat similar, and even after her prison time, they got together and married, when he was of legal age.

Love can be very complex and messy, and frequently makes people do crazy, sometimes illegal, things. But, there can be unfair and illegal coercion, too.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 4/20/2017 5:57:10 PM     (No. 11228258)

"She went willingly..."? No child can go willingly. She´s a child! She does not have enough in her head to go willingly. She does not know enough to make that decision as a qualified, experienced adult. Kids need to have a chance!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: columba, 4/20/2017 5:58:37 PM     (No. 11228261)

Sexual intercourse outside of marriage is wrong.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: earlybird, 4/20/2017 6:16:40 PM     (No. 11228294)

Re #7, we know that some 15-year-olds do not reason things through. That doesn’t keep them from doing what they choose to do. They just do it.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Bunsen, 4/20/2017 7:32:58 PM     (No. 11228426)

In Tennessee the age of consent is 18. That is the legal standard set by the Tennessee legislature. It doesn´t have to be true. It is the law. Adul Men or Women violate the law at their peril.


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Reply 11 - Posted by: kono, 4/20/2017 8:22:18 PM     (No. 11228466)

Maybe the reason efforts to reunite Elizabeth with her family are "ongoing" is, as some others here have suggested, because she was a runaway, not strictly a kidnap victim.

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