Students: Teacher found with teen led Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Carrie Shafer (source: Manual Yearbook)
Carrie Shafer (source: Manual Yearbook)

Louisville, KY - By Connie Leonard - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It was a stunning development for students and staff at duPont Manual High School: a teacher has resigned and police say she could face serious charges after being found partially clothed with a student in a local park.

Now we're learning more about 38-year-old Carrie Shafer.

Manual students say Shafer's resignation Sunday was all the talk around school Monday.

And they say the reason it's so shocking is because, according to them, Shafer is a married mother who also led their chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Manual students we spoke with had nothing but kind words for Shafer, the former advanced biology teacher.

Kyle Peterson says he heard the news from another teacher who was visibly upset.

"A science teacher came in and told the class about her resignation and he was almost in tears because he felt bad for her," Peterson said.

"She's a good person at heart and you can really tell that in her classes," Peterson said. "And she cares about her students."

But police say Shafer may have cared too much for one of those students - a teenage boy they say she was found with Friday night in a car parked at Miles Park across from Valhalla.

Investigators say they spotted the car in the disabled parking spot near the canoe launch area and found the attractive 38-year-old and the teen partially clothed.

Police say a strong smell of alcohol was also inside the car.

Louisville Metro Police Spokesman Dwight Mitchell says more incriminating evidence was found inside the vehicle.

"There were some articles found that appeared to have been from a sexual act - like some condoms and some wet wipes that were on the outside of the vehicle believed to have been thrown from that vehicle," Mitchell said.

"It is pretty shocking because she is one of the leaders of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes," Peterson said.

The student-run website "The RedEye" posted the story, but stated on it's site that the principal instructed them "To make no further report on this issue."

Student Chase Blaser says just everyone in school knows Shafer or knows of her.

"If you don't know her, you still know about her, so it was just kind of weird."

JCPS officials tell WAVE 3 News that Shafer has been at Manual high since 2007.

For now, Shafer has been cited with unlawful transaction with a minor, but police say because Shafer worked as a teacher at the school with the teen, she could face serious charges.

"There is a provision under the Sexual Abuse Act," Mitchell said, "where if it's a person who exercises authority over an individual, in this case by it being a teacher, it could fall under that and those charges may be forthcoming."

Police say at the time Shafer was cited, the officer didn't know she was a teacher.

In the police report, the officer stated both Shafer and the teen admitted they had been drinking beer while they were at the park.

On Tuesday, Manual Principal Larry A. Woolridge sent a letter to parents letting them know the school's response to the situation.

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