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Student: Tweets with arrested teacher ‘innocent’

Published On: Feb 06 2014 09:02:49 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 06 2014 09:03:27 PM CST
MANTON, Calif. -

A student who communicated regularly on twitter with an arrested Red Bluff High School teacher says the interaction was 'innocent'

On Wednesday we showed you messages to and from 42-year-old Kenneth Binder's Twitter account involving two of his students.

On Thursday, one of them one of them spoke to us and said the tweets were innocent. The former student said Binder was one of the best teacher’s she’d ever had.

“I got a phone call from a friend and looked on the news and saw his face and I just couldn't believe it," said the student, who asked to remain anonymous, about his arrest.

"Me and Binder had been very close not sexually or inappropriately, it was purely innocent between me and him," she said.

The students said they would text all the time and would also communicate via social media.

In one of the tweets she said they were celebrating the fact that she was going to graduate.

She said Binder never made her feel uncomfortable.

"I’ve never felt uncomfortable with him, never felt awkward, he’s never come off in a threatening way to me."

The student credits him for graduating high school, and said their friendship grew when something traumatic happened in her life.

"He had been there for me when my dad passed away, he was there when I needed advice to get through things, he was like a father figure when I didn't have one."

The student said Binder was helpful with all his students.

"If you were having a bad day he’d ask what's wrong. He was always there for every one of us.”