Laura Garrigus: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Laura Garrigus’ mugshot. (Cumberland County Jail)

A 30-year-old former science teacher at a North Carolina high school is accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old female student, police say.

Laura Hubman Garrigus, who taught at Cumberland International Early College on the Fayetteville State University campus, was arrested Monday and charged with four counts of taking indecent liberties with a student and two counts sexual offense with a student, WNCN-TV reports.

Garrigus, a married mother, is a resident of Fayetteville, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. She Resigned From Her Teaching Job in December After the Female Student Reported Her, Police Say

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Laura Garrigus resigned from her job as a teacher at the Cumberland International Early College in December 2015 after the girl reported the alleged “inappropriate sexual relationship” to authorities, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office told WNCN-TV.

The student told police the “physical relationship” with her teacher began in October 2015.

School officials told WRAL-TV the alleged sexual assault occurred off campus and no other students are believed to be involved.

According to WRAL, the student was part of the school’s early college program, to which Garrigus was assigned.


2. She Is Married & Is the Mother of 3 Young Children

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Laura Hubman Garrigus is married to a local police officer and has young children, according to her Facebook page. She has two sons and a daughter.

She posted the above photo to Facebook in November with the caption, “I’m a mother. A friend. Someone’s daughter. A teacher. A wife. You can call me names and tear me down, but you won’t win. HE loves me and that’s all I need to keep fighting the fight.”

She posted a photo with her husband on February 2, days before her arrest, and also posted the Bible quote, “Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you,” which is from Luke 6:28.

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On December 31 she posted a photo with the quote, “The best way to carry out your revenge on those who hate you is to forgive them. Nothing hurts them more.”

She has posted several other quotes, including one that says, “It is during the worst times in your life that you get to see the true colors of the people who say they care for you.”


3. She Is a Graduate of North Carolina State University

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Garrigus, whose maiden name is Hubman, graduated from North Carolina State University, where she was a Dean’s List student in 2004, according to the Montgomery Herald. She is originally from Mount Gilead.

She previously taught at Scotland Early College High School in Laurinburg, North Carolina.


4. She Was a Biology Teacher & Helped Students Prepare for College

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Garrigus taught biology at Cumberland International Early College. She was also taught academic college readiness.

She was also the teacher assigned to work on the school’s yearbook. On Edmodo, a social media page for teachers, she wrote, ” I love teaching, I have the best kids (biological and school), super duper husband and, yea.”

The school has about 250 students. They take high school level classes along with college courses at Fayetteville State University.

“It’s always a tragedy, but we follow procedure,” school superintendent Frank Till told the Fayetteville Observer. “We follow the law.”


5. She Is Barred From Being Around Anyone Under 18, Including Her Own Children

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Laura Garrigus, 30, a teacher at a Cumberland County, North Carolina, school is accused of sexually assaulting a female student. (Facebook)

According to WTVD-TV, Garrigus was barred from being with anyone under the age of 18, including her own three children by District Court Judge Cheri Siler-Mack, if she is released on bail.

“Not even my own children?” Garrigus asked the judge, according to the news station. “You will not be around any child under the age of 18,” Siler-Mack repeated.

WTVD said Garrigus become visibly disturbed by those instructions.

Garrigus was booked into the Cumberland County Jail, according to online court records.

She is being held on $150,000 bail.

It is not clear if she has an attorney and a call for comment was not immediately returned.

She is due back in court in March.

38 Comments

38 Comments

Anonymous

I know these allegations are false. I’ve known her for three years. I know she would never do something like this. She is a good person. I know she is innocent.

Allie

I wanna say that i could tell she was innocent without even knowing her. Im reading this article & shaking my head. That 17 year old should be ashamed of herself. This teacher sounded like she had a very promising career & a wonderful life, its too bad police have to arrest anyone that someone under 18 cries wolf too.

Anonymous

Well actually! They wouldn’t have arrested here if there was NO evidence so obviously something occurred that crossed the teacher-student line. So Allie, next time you want to comment..do your research on how law enforcement works.

Anonymous

Only question is what actual evidence do they have? They’ve said repeatedly that they had interviews with the victim to pinpoint the instances but who is to say that this victim wasn’t acting with malicious intent? Who isn’t to say that the student got mad about being rejected and acted in retaliation? Words are not enough to send someone to jail. There has to got to be more concrete evidence like texts, emails, phone calls, pictures, or something! If they had that information, wouldn’t you think they would have released that by now?

Anonymous

If they didn’t have it, like you said. She wouldn’t be in jail! They are not going to release pictures and messages because that will be a violation of privacy to both the teacher and the student. Come on now.

Anonymous

Obviously, they wouldn’t release pictures of texts if there were any. That’s not what I was saying. They would have at least thrown that part in there like “the alleged relationship between Garrigus and student began with sexually inappropriate texts” or something along those lines.

Anonymous

I dont think so, all the evidence they would need is the 17 year old showing them where she would hv touched her. I feel so bad for this poor lady. That judge was way too harsh on her too. In the same email i received from heavy.com was a man studying to be a priest who wanted to adopt a baby to have sex with it and another teacher who actually took nude photos of herself & sent to students. This poor teacher got stuck in jail because some stupid little girl decided to say she touched her. This outstanding lady of the community got the sh1t end of someones stick & it could happen to anyone. Its scary, im a mom too & something just doesnt sound right about this & it doesnt make any sense. Thats terrible that the judge wont let her see her kids. I hope that 17 year old feels bad for ruining her teachers life & she really should be ashamed of herself. So sad

William Foster

I agree…..any little asshole teenager can just decide hey I wanna get this teacher in trouble or whatever and BOOM…their life is RUINT !!! I believe in this womans innocence too….she was too good a person to have done some DUMB shit like that !!!!

Anjel

Well actually they probably don’t have any evidence, Why do you think they keep pushing her trial back?

Anonymous

Okay listen here, they obviously don’t have anything concrete since they’re pushing her trial back over and over

Nicole

Shame on anyone who blames the victim of an assult, sexual or otherwise, and shame on anyone who calls a 17 y/o a “POS.”
Having personally been through a similar situation, the accused IS NOT arrested or taken into custody UNLESS THERE IS FIRM EVIDENCE, found only after an investigation, which can take weeks to months.
And to say that the alleged victim is doing this for “revenge” is an ignorant claim; not only will this teacher/mother/wife have to face the social repercussions of this alleged assault, but the alleged victim has/will have numerous stigma attached to them forever as well. No one would willingly want that, which is why so many sexual abuse cases go unreported.
Please think twice before blaming victims, as well as assuming someone’s guilt w/o a trial. There’s a lot of support rallied around this teacher (as there should be no matter guilty or innocent), but the alleged victim is also a fellow human being worthy of love & support, not being called a “POS.”

Anonymous

If any of this did truly happen beyond the accusations and the “alleged relationship”, a lot of the sources are saying the relationship was consensual based on interviews and how long the victim said they were “together”. Why would the person go two months in a consensual relationship and then report it?

Jojo

You are an idiot. Just because she looks and sounds innocent doesn’t mean shit. She ate and fingered an underage girl and now she’s going to jail good she’s a piece of shit.

Anonymous

How would you know if she ate/fingered an underage girl? Source?

Ohreally

Hey Allie, would you be so forgiving if this a 30 year old male instead? I think not. You’d probably be glad he was off the streets.

Ohreally

“I know these allegations are false” Oh you do, do you? I’ve men and women my whole life that cheat on their spouses, and in there everyday life they are really nice people. The point being, no woman in her right mind, who is married with three kids is going to give you any hint she’s a closet lesbian who likes teenage girls. Think about what you just said. I mean really, use some freaking common sense. Of course you know her as nice. Ted Bundy had a lot of friends and was considered a really outgoing guy, and nobody had a clue about him until he was caught. Use common sense, obviously she’s not a murderer, but she’s not going to have you thinking she’s into teen girls either.

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