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Nacogdoches substitute teacher arrested for improper relationship with student

Nacogdoches substitute teacher arrested for improper relationship with student
Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office

POSTED: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 2:37pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 8:55am

A Nacogdoches Independent School District substitute teacher has been arrested for having an improper relationship with a student.

Jamar Ballard, 29, was arrested Thursday and charged with improper relationship between an educator and student.

On Tuesday, a Nacogdoches High School student told an NHS staff member that Ballard had acted inappropriately.

“Any improper relationship between an educator and student is deplorable,” said NISD Superintendent Dr. Fred Hayes. “NISD fully supports this investigation. We have zero-tolerance for improper behavior between an educator and a student. Any adult who would break the trust of a child and pursue such a relationship should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

NISD Police Chief Doug Ploch said the investigation into the incident continues, and additional charges could be filed. Any student or teacher with information on this matter should contact the NISD Police Department.

“We take all allegations seriously and investigate them thoroughly, ” Ploch said. “Our concern is for the safety of our students and staff.”

According to the state penal code, an improper relationship between an educator and student is a second-degree felony.

Ballard has been dismissed from employment with NISD.

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There is pending evidence on this man. Facebook conversations may also be a factor due to some students saying he contacted them that way. There is an actual investigation being done. With that being said he did not cover his tracks well. Even if he was or was not sleeping with students he was calling and texting them and trying to meet up with them outside of school.

Did the School District check on the validity of the accusations against this teacher? It sounds as if punishment has been handed down without due process. Did he admit to doing what he is accused of doing? Was he allowed to face his accuser? Was there any forensic evidence of a relationship actually happening. Lots of people assume guilt when an accustaion is made.
Did we forget the Constition here with its rights and liberties?

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