• Mid-South band director fired for 'alleged sexual misconduct' with student, police chief says


    HELENA, Ark. - FOX13 has learned a Mid-South teacher was fired after sexual misconduct with a student, according to an email.

    The memo sent to parents at the KIPP Delta Public schools in Helena, Arkansas said there was "sexual misconduct between a teacher employed by KIPP Delta Public Schools and a student at KIPP Delta Collegiate High School."

    Authorities in Arkansas have identified the teacher as Fleming Ivory. Officials said he was the band director at KIPP Delta Collegiate High School.

    The Helena-West Helena Police Department has been notified and an internal investigation was launched by the school district. 

    Read the full memo below. 

    Dear KIPP Delta Parents and Guardians,    Your student’s safety and well-being are our highest priorities at KIPP. With that top of mind, I am writing to inform you of a recent incident at KIPP Delta Collegiate High School.    On Wednesday of this week, we were notified of alleged sexual misconduct between a teacher employed by KIPP Delta Public Schools, and a student at KIPP Delta Collegiate High School.  We immediately alerted the student’s family and the Helena-West Helena Police Department and launched an internal investigation. Upon the receipt of the allegation, the teacher was also placed on administrative leave. As a result of the internal investigation, which was conducted over the course of Wednesday and Thursday, we have terminated the teacher’s employment with KIPP Delta Public Schools effective immediately. Given that this investigation is part an ongoing criminal investigation, we cannot share further details at this time.     We are keeping in contact with the student’s parents and have been and will continue to fully cooperate with the Chief of Police and detectives as they continue their investigation.  Any allegations of this nature is serious and we are dealing with it swiftly and thoroughly in order to protect the safety of all students at our schools.   
    To help support any students who may be affected by this news, counselors will be on hand today and next week and available to any student who wants to speak with someone about their concerns or requests their services.   

    As a result of that investigation, Ivory was fired. 

    The victim’s mother told FOX13 the school called saying they received an anonymous email that the Ivory allegedly made advances toward her daughter.  

    The mother told me her daughter didn’t say anything about the incident before the school notified her parents. 

    Investigators told us the 17-year-old allegedly called Ivory to pick her up from her friend’s home in Helena last Saturday.

    They said Ivory allegedly took the teen across the bridge to the casino where they had sex in a hotel room before he dropped her back off.  

    Police said the teen initially reported it as a rape.  

    We cannot just go into further details because this is still an ongoing investigation. ​​​​​​We also have not talked to Ivory to get his side of the story, but we do know it was very graphic, it’s very hardening for these children.

    The police chief said Ivory could be in Memphis or Helena West Helena.  Ivory likely lives in Memphis.

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