MAURY COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – The father of Elizabeth Thomas filed a lawsuit against both her accused kidnapper, Tad Cummins, and the Maury County Board of Education.
Anthony Thomas claims a Maury County public school failed its obligation to protect students from a predator.
The lawsuit goes on to say the school “allowed conditions to exist which enabled a teacher to develop a controlling, manipulative relationship with a vulnerable and impressionable fifteen-year-old student.”
“After the school finally suspended the teacher, he convinced his student to become his de facto wife and join him on a 39-day cross-country journey before being apprehended,” the filing continues.
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Thomas claims the school violated it’s educational amendments as well as his daughter’s constitutional rights.
The father is suing for damages, asking the amount be determined by a jury.
The lawsuit comes as Cummins, a former teacher at Culleoka Unit School, awaits his upcoming trial, which is set for this April.
Cummins faces a federal charge of taking a minor across state lines for sex, as well as state charges of kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor.Click here for more on the AMBER Alert for Elizabeth Thomas.