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Tad Cummins: Pervy teacher had his eyes set on another student before abducting Elizabeth Thomas

Tad Cummins, the former Tennessee teacher who reportedly abducted his 15-year-old student, Elizabeth Thomas, apparently wrote and sang a love song to another pupil.

Inside Edition reports that Destany Parrish, now 19, was once a student at Culleoka Unit High School, where she met Cummins. She said Cummins became someone she confided to when she was around the same age as Elizabeth.

“We used to be really, really close. I could talk to him about just about anything. He was somebody I could go to and not have to worry.”

That all changed the day Parrish walked into a class and heard a romantic yet cringe-worthy song created by Cummins himself, and likely dedicated to Parish. She said she went into a music classroom to play a new song, but Cummins, already there, sat down by a piano first to play his original song to her, which included lyrics such as, “You’re the kind of woman a man can love for the rest of his life and I don’t know why. I feel it’s your eyes. Oh, your eyes.”

Parish said she didn’t assume that the song was meant for, although he was staring at her while he sang it. Looking back, however, after everything that’s transpired recently with Elizabeth’s abduction, she thinks differently. She said Cummins never acted inappropriately with her, but she thinks that perhaps he was in the early stages of grooming her before Elizabeth came along.

Elizabeth Thomas is still missing, and authorities believe she is with Tad Cummins, her former health sciences teacher who disappeared from Columbia, Tennessee, on the same day she did, on March 13. Cummins, who on surface appeared to students and his community to be a caring, outgoing man, is likely dangerous, and my have weapons on him.

Anyone who spots Tad Cummins and/or Elizabeth Thomas should 911 immediately or the Maury County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Office at (931) 375-8654, or TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

[Feature Photo: Screenshot/Inside Edition]