Affair with teacher may have driven 17-year-old to attempt suicide

A health teacher in Maine is under investigation after a 17-year-old student admitted to having a sexual affair with the married 29-year-old woman that is believed to have been behind a suicide attempt.

According to the New York Daily News, Jill Montagne has been placed on leave from Kennebunk High School and is banned from contacting the unidentified student, who is recovering from a suicide attempt earlier this month.

According to an order of protection obtained by the Portland Press Herald, the 17-year-old boy attempted to kill himself by ingesting an assortment of pills “because of a girl.”

The victim, whose identity is being withheld, later reportedly admitted to a family member and a nurse that he had been in a relationship with Montagne, after previously denying rumors about an affair.

“He stated it was all true and he was sorry, so sorry for all the bad things he did,” the boy’s mother wrote in the complaint.

“He said he loved her, he said it happened numerous times, in the classroom, at her house, in her car. She told him that she hadn’t had a sexual relationship in two years.”

The Press Herald reports that Montagne is married with children, but it is unclear if the victim knew of her marital status.

According to the Journal Tribune, Montagne had been a popular and well-liked teacher at the high school for five years.

The school district is continuing to investigate the allegations. It is not yet known if Montagne can expect face any charges.


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