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Middle School Teacher makes appearance in court

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A Fayette County middle school teacher accused of kidnapping a student makes his first appearance in court Tuesday.

Joshua Taylor showed up to Magistrate Court in Fayette County for his preliminary hearing. Taylor and his lawyers waived their time period for the hearing.  That means he gives up his right to a speedy trial... and his hearing will be rescheduled.

Last Monday, Taylor was arrested by West Virginia state troopers after a 13-year-old girl from Oak Hill told them he kidnapped her.  Taylor was a gym teacher at Collins Middle School, and the victim was also a student there.

59 News reached out to people in Oak Hill to see what they thought about the incident.  

"You're always concerned about, especially in the world today, exposure to people like this... And it is a shock to a small community," said Oak Hill resident Kevin Bibb.

We also spoke to the principal of Collins Middle School. He said the school board is taking appropriate actions against any employee that commits a crime.

Bibb said hearing about a crime like this makes every parent concerned about who their children are communicating with.

"I would be asking my children everyday who they are interacting with especially in the adult world now a days," said Bibb.

Taylor will likely be back in court sometime in the next 30 days to continue on with his preliminary hearing.

State troopers said they do expect to file more charges against Taylor.  Those charges, they said, should come with the next Fayette County grand jury indictments in May.