Indeed, a pupil at the school had even reported seeing Cummins kissing Thomas in a classroom several weeks prior, on January 23, 2017. However, Thomas’ family attorney, Jason Whatley, said that the school had still not suspended Cummins until he had sent a letter outlining the girl’s parents’ concerns – a full two weeks later.
At any rate, on the morning of March 13, Elizabeth had woken up her older sister Sarah by shaking her in her bed. “She said, ‘I’m going to be gone,’” Sarah told People magazine. “She had a strange edge to her voice and said, ‘I’m going to get back at 6 tonight. If I’m not back by 6, call the police and come find me.’”
On the same day, Cummins had borrowed his wife’s red Nissan Rogue on the pretext of attending a job interview. But in fact, the teacher had been planning to flee Columbia with his student. And among his luggage was a loan of several thousand dollars, two handguns, women’s hair dye and a recently replenished prescription for Cialis – an erectile dysfunction medication.