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All three McIntosh Co. school officials to appear in superior court


McIntosh County school officials have appointed Dr. Russell Kent to the school board after board member Sonya Lumley announced she was reigning for personal reasons.

The embattled school board has been dealing with a number of issues since McIntosh County Academy teacher Lori Quigley was accused of having sex with several students.

On Thursday, the McIntosh County Sheriff's Officer added a fourth charge against Quigley, criminal attempt to commit sexual assault.

Three administrators are charged with failure to report child abuse, including superintendent Tina Kirby.

All three administrators' cases will be heard in superior court, a decision that came down from the district attorney himself.

"The cases were so inner related and related to each other, that it would be better managed, handled in one jurisdiction," said DA Tom Durden.

Durden said Kirby and assistant superintendent Larry Day could have been tried in state court for their misdemeanor charges, while MCA Principal Terrance Haywood would have been charged for his felony charges, but instead, they are all being tried together in superior court.

"In this case, they are indicted separately," said Durden.

That means if all three cases make it to trial, they could all be tied together by a jury or separately.

On Thursday, Day made his first appearance in court.

"This is sort of like the kick-off," said Durden.

The two other administrators are scheduled to appear in the next couple of weeks.

Durden said he has never handled a case exactly like this one. He said there aren't many examples in case law to refer to, despite recent reports in several counties about teachers failing to report child abuse.

"The reason for that, like I say, I would be speculating, but there does seem to be an increase in these type cases," said Durden.

Durden said even though he's never had a case exactly like this one, he is confident that the DA's office will be successful fighting for justice.

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