Tatum teacher put on leave, accused of inappropriate relationship with student

Tatum teacher put on leave, accused of inappropriate relationship with student
Tatum ISD

POSTED: Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 11:30am

UPDATED: Sunday, November 3, 2013 - 11:24am

A Tatum ISD teacher is on administrative leave after allegations she had an improper relationship with a male student.

An affidavit for a search warrant filed Friday afternoon in the Gregg County District Clerk's Office indicates an investigation began Oct. 25. Three days later, on Oct. 28 Tatum ISD Superintendent Dee Hartt told Tatum Police Chief April Rains the district was conducting an internal investigation into allegations the female teacher sent inappropriate messages to the male student via Facebook and text message, according to the affidavit for a search warrant.

Hartt also told Rains the teacher had been placed on administrative leave and that he couldn't disclose any further information about the district's investigation, according to the documents.

The News-Journal is not identifying the teacher because she has not been charged with a crime.

On Oct. 30, the student's guardians gave Rains a copy of messages exchanged between him and the teacher.
Copies of those messages were filed along with a search warrant for the teacher's Longview home.

According to the messages, on Sept. 20 the student sent a message asking his teacher to text him about how a surgery went and provided the teacher with his cell phone number.

The teacher sent four messages on Oct. 15 saying, "Thank you for my hug today. I needed that," "I having withdrawals from my drug (smiley face)," "And btw when I asked earlier if there was any chance I could win you back I didn't mean physically. I just meant as my special friend. Where we knew each other better than the others ... that's the drug I miss," according to the documents.

The student responded, "Me and u time asap," to which the teacher responded, "Really? What changed your mind?"

The documents show that on Oct. 16 the teacher wrote "Hi?" and "So theater detention could be our u and me time (smiley face) or were you just screwing with me?"

The student did not respond, and the copies show the teacher resumed the conversation at 9:31 p.m. on Oct. 17.

"I just don't understand you. Why would you say that and then start ignoring me again?" she wrote.

Twenty minutes later, the documents show, the teacher wrote, "Just answer me once and for all!" The student responded "Goodnight, I'm tired" to which she wrote, "I don't know what to do with you anymore. I had such high hopes for you. I just don't know anymore."

For more on this story go to the Longview News-Journal: www.news-journal.com/news/police/tatum-teacher-put-on-leave-accused-of-i...

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Already I perceive the double standard in media and legal action taken against this female teacher and the male sports reporter charged with the same crime last week. Though he was not entrusted with our children's safety like this teacher, he was arrested and placed on 100K bond. Time we decide little boys can be victims just like little girls.

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