Knox school teacher fears stalker

Knox school teacher fears stalker

Darren Long Darren Long

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knox County school teacher is worried for her life and the safety of her students after getting death threats.

She's asking for help finding her alleged stalker, Darren Shay Long. There are warrants out for his arrest in connection with the case.

The situation has gotten so bad she took a leave of absence from her school.

The teacher, who asked not to be named, showed 6 News a message her stalker sent her. It contained a picture of a shotgun, with a message threatening to blow off her head.

Later, Long posted a picture of the same gun on Facebook saying, "My new toy, can't wait to unload."

The teacher says she has an order of protection out against Long.

Still, he manages to post pictures online of her home and sends her texts at school saying he's watching her.

"When I went out to the playground, I received a text saying, 'I'm enjoying watching you,'" she said, describing one incident where it was clear he was watching her from outside the building.

Deputies in a few counties have made attempts to arrest him. Still, Long, who has a criminal history, has not been found.

"The whole school year has been very stressful. I am constantly looking out of the window and playground thinking he could be out there. When [the massacre at] Sandy Hook happened, that really shook me up. I knew that could easily be myself or my peers," she explained.

The combination of the Sandy Hook shooting and the threats from Long getting worse made her finally take a leave of absence from her school.

"I did not want to be responsible for something happening at my school because he knew I was there," she said.

"Just from a law enforcement perspective, I think this guy is dangerous," said Alcoa Police Det. Kris Sanders, who investigating the case.

He says they want to arrest Long before it's too late.

"These types of situations don't end well usually," Sanders added.

The teacher says her association with this man began after a light month-long relationship. The stalking began after she broke up with him.

"I wonder how many other women would have to go through this, just because they didn't want to go out with the guy, and he couldn't take no for an answer," she said.

The teacher says she has had to move several times because of the stalking. Her children are in therapy because of the situation.

She says it took a lot for her to come out and do an interview, but she just wants the stalking and trauma to be over.

If you have information in this case, call the Alcoa Police Department at (865) 380-4964.

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