40-Year-Old Former Teacher Marries 18-Year-Old Student

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The school district that employed a 40-year-old high-school science teacher and cross-country coach who married a 16-year-old student could find no reason to fire him, school officials said.

Brenton Wuchae coached Windy Hager at South Brunswick High School, where she recently completed her sophomore year as one of the school’s top runners.

Wuchae resigned his position and, according to a marriage license, married Hager after the girl’s parents begrudgingly gave their consent.

Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Katie McGee said both the school system and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigated Wuchae’s case but did not come up with enough evidence that would merit charging or even firing the coach.

“As a lifelong educator, I am truly shocked and disheartened by what has transpired,” McGee said.