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A North Carolina high school teacher has been arrested for allegedly having what police called an "inappropriate consensual relationship" with a 17-year-old male student. 

Katherine Ridenhour, 23, was arrested Nov. 15 and charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a student, according to a Concord Police Department press release.

The press release states that police received a tip on Nov. 13 that Ridenhour was engaged in a sexual relationship with the student.

Following an investigation that verified the claim, Ridenhour turned herself into police, according to WSOC. 

Ridenhour was allowed to leave custody on a written promise that she would appear in court. No bail was paid. 

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The day before she was arrested, Ridenhour resigned from her job at Cox Mill High School in Concord. 

"Ms. Ridenhour resigned from Cabarrus County Schools, effective Nov. 14, 2017," Ronnye Boone, the school district's director of communications, said, according to the Independent Tribune. "She began working for the district in August 2016 as a family and consumer science teacher at Cox Mill High School." 

Ridenhour's staff biography on the school's website said she moved to Cabarrus County with her husband to teach at Cox Mill and also served as the school's JV cheerleading coach, according to WCNC. The school has since taken the biography off its website. 

Parents at the school were shocked to hear of Ridenhour's arrest. 

One parent, Stacey Krok, told WCNC the school had not informed parents of Ridenhour's arrest. 

"Unfortunately, the rumors or accusations have already been passed among the students within the school, so I'm finding out from my children, not from the school system," she said.

Other parents learned of Ridenhour's arrest for the first time when asked about it by reporters.

"It's just disgusting," parent Lavonne Strickland told WSOC. "And I had no idea till now. I'm pretty sure my son has her as a teacher. He's in the 10th grade."

"I think it's appalling and I don't understand why this keeps happening," another parent, Daisy Rawlins, told WSOC. "I don't understand why teachers think it's OK to mess around with students." 

Police believe the relationship began in October and Ridenhour may have had sex with the boy on school grounds, according to WSOC. Police do not believe any other students were involved. 

"I don't know what, but something needs to be done. Because it's happening everywhere. Daily," Strickland said. 

For some parents, Ridenhour's resignation is a step in the right direction. 

"I assume that was the appropriate action to take, she probably shouldn't be at the school if she's going to be doing those things," parent Joy Bruce told WCNC.

Sources: Concord Police DepartmentIndependent Tribune, WSOC, WCNC / Featured Image: Motown31/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Cabarrus County Police via WCNC, Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons

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