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MCA principal pleads not guilty in superior court


McIntosh County Academy Principal Terrance Haywood pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charged of failing to report child abuse.

McIntosh County Superintendent Tina Kirby and Assistant Superintendent Larry Day are also charged.

Investigators said the three administrators knew that high school teacher Lori Quigley was having sex with several students.

Out of all three administrators charged in the case, Haywood is the only one facing felony charges because police said he also provided false statements in writing during the investigation.

Haywood made his first appearance in superior court since being charged in April. He has continued to serve as MCA's principal since that time because the McIntosh County School Board refused to suspend him, along with the other administrators.

Haywood is the second administrator involved in this case to appear in court. Day was in court two weeks ago and also pleaded not guilty. But according to the District Attorney's Office, it's too soon to say how these cases will unfold.

"Well, you always expect a trial, sometimes case are disposed of short of a trial by various means, and it's a little too early at this point. This is sort of like the kick-off," said DA Tom Durden.

Kirby is the only administrator left to make a plea. She's expected to appear in court the first week of July.

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