The wife of Tad Cummins, the Tennessee teacher who was arrested last week after 39 days on the run with a 15-year-old student, has revealed the contents of the note her husband left for her when he took off with Elizabeth Thomas on March 13.
Jill Cummins appeared on Inside Edition on Thursday to discuss her relationship with her estranged husband, who is facing kidnapping charges after taking the young student across country to a remote commune in California. Jill filed for divorce shortly after Cummins ran off, and although she says she still loves her estranged husband, she also says she can never trust him again.
Jill had previously told investigators about the note Tad left her on March 13, and revealed the specific contents of the note to Inside Edition for the first time:
I’m getting away to clear my head of all this crap. I love you. Please don’t call the police. They’ll just think I’m guilty and I’m not. I’m so sorry.
Cummins reportedly signed the note with a heart.
Prior to disappearing, Cummins had been suspended from the high school where he taught social sciences and where Elizabeth Thomas was a student, after authorities became suspicious about their relationship. In January, a 12-year-old student told school officials that they had witnessed Tad kissing Elizabeth in his classroom. Following an investigation, the school prohibited Cummins from having any contact with the teen, but Elizabeth was spotted again in his classroom in early February, prompting his suspension.
Jill Cummins also told Inside Edition that Cummins admitted to having sex with the teen in a phone conversation with his estranged wife following his arrest. Since Elizabeth was rescued on April 2o, she has been reunited with her family and is being treated by a mental health professional.
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