Drawing a line: Parents talk online contact after Nicewarner allegations

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HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - Josh Nicewarner's chapter with the school district, as both Bridgeport's football coach and teacher at Liberty High School, appears to have come to a close.

Dr. Mark Manchin, superintendent of Harrison County Schools, confirmed Monday that Nicewarner submitted his resignation, in light of allegations that he solicited a 14-year-old female student.

Nicewarner is charged with two felony counts of soliciting a minor via a computer and the use of obscene matter with intent to seduce a minor.

Dr. Manchin told 5 News again Monday that he plans to offer policy revisions or new language as it relates to defining the teacher-student relationship.

Parents like Deveka Thompson say school district officials should adopt a policy to better reflect the age of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.

"Well, for one, definitely make sure that the teachers, in my opinion, don't even have a Facebook or any social media contact at all, whatsoever" Thompson suggested. "And definitely don't give it out to any students under the age of 18."

And the allegations have others reconsidering their own stance.

"I'm pretty trusting, but now hearing about all that, I would probably monitor the conversations," said Donna Morgan.

Almost two weeks after Nicewarner's arrest, parents in the community are still in shock. You can see the rest of the story in the video above.

5 News will be at the Harrison County Board of Education Tuesday morning, when board members are expected to address Nicewarner's resignation.

Nicewarner was invited to appear before the board for that personnel meeting, which was previously scheduled to address his future. It's not clear if he will still attend.

He's also expected to appear in court for a preliminary hearing Tuesday, August 8.