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Tad Cummins has been added to Tennesee's "Top 10 Most Wanted" list for allegedly kidnapping 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas. (Credit: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)

Tennessee teen Elizabeth Thomas is speaking out six months after her abduction



The Tennessee teen who was allegedly abducted by her high school teacher in March, gave her first interview six months after the ordeal sparked a nationwide manhunt.

Although 16-year-old Elizabeth Thomas couldn't discuss the case, she sat down for an interview with a reporter from The Columbia Daily Herald.

Thomas told the newspaper she returned to Columbia permanently in July after spending 78 days in therapy.

Her former teacher, Tad Cummins, is accused of kidnapping Thomas on March 13. The abduction triggered an Amber Alert, as well as a nationwide manhunt.

Now, with Cummins behind bars, Thomas says she's "happy to be back and that people are so accepting."

Thomas is currently being homeschooled and gets tutoring help from her brother.

When asked whether she regrets "leaving town" Thomas told The Columbia Daily Herald, "I don’t regret it, nor do I say it was the right thing to do. It was an experience I’ll have to live with the rest of my life. It’s good and bad. It’s there. No matter what we do, we’ll have to deal with it."

Thomas also told the newspaper she wants to clear up some of the speculation about her.

"There are people saying, 'She’s not talking for this reason. She’s not talking for that reason.' It’s not that. It’s just the publicity is affecting people. Everyone just needs to calm down. I am a human being. I can answer things fairly. But people are asking things that are too personal. People are talking to me like they know me. They didn’t talk to me before. They didn’t try to know me before. They have only liked me since I came back."
Thomas told The Columbia Daily Herald

As for Cummins, he has pleaded not guilty to all the charges he faces. If convicted, he could face at least 10 years in prison.

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