Hunt for teacher and student underway in US


Police in Mississippi are embroiled in a search for a high school student and a teacher who are believed to have fled together.

An alert was issued on Monday by police in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, regarding the disappearance of former school teacher Nicole Jackson, 30, who is currently free on $10,000 bail on charges of sexual battery in a position of trust, and student Oscar O’Neal, 16.

According to the “be on the lookout” alert, the pair could be traveling in a dark blue Chevy Impala with the license plate number FRA-4454, the Daily Mail reported.

In a Facebook post, the student’s father, Oscar O’Neal Jr., pleaded for the public’s assistance in the safe return of his son.

“If u see my son please contact me or my wife Lisa Oneal. We got the police involved,” O’Neal wrote. “His nickname is Lil Pooh but his real name is Oscar Oneal.”

The younger O’Neal is also believed to be nicknamed “Pooh Gotti.”

After Hattiesburg police received a tip in March that Jackson had been conducting an inappropriate relationship with a student, they launched an investigation. Jackson, who had worked with the Forest County School District for several years, subsequently resigned from her position at the Earl Travillion Attendance Center and turned herself in to police on April 10.

According to her Facebook profile, Jackson is married and has at least one child.

The age of sexual consent in Mississippi is 16, although state law prohibits a person in a position of authority, including a teacher, from engaging in sexual penetration with a person under the age of 18.

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