BESSEMER CITY, N.C. -- Gaston County Police say two high school students attempted to blackmail a school employee who's accused of engaging in a sexual act with the teen boys.

Kwanda Carpenter, 33, a Bessemer City High School employee, is facing two charges of sexual activity with a student by a school employee.

Officials say Carpenter, a bus driver for the school, is accused of engaging in a sexual act with two students, ages 17 and 16, in early October.

The two male students attempted to blackmail Carpenter, police say, earning both of them a charge for blackmail.

Carpenter was booked into the Gaston County Jail on Wednesday, where she was placed on a $5,000 bond.

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