Dumas ISD teacher accused of "educator misconduct" with student; investigation underway
DUMAS, Texas (KVII) —
A male Dumas ISD teacher was placed on administrative leave following accusations of "educator misconduct" with a student in the District.
According to DISD Assistant Superintendent for Personnel, Phil Guerra, law enforcement officials had been speaking with a teacher in the District. The teacher has since been placed on administrative leave.
The Moore County Journal reported on Friday that DISD Superintendent Monty Hysinger said in a press release, "Dumas ISD is cooperating with law enforcement agencies to the fullest extent permitted by law and will coordinate its own investigation with those authorities."
The teacher's name will not be released by The Moore County Journal or ABC 7 Amarillo until law enforcement or DISD confirms the identity of the teacher.
The DISD released a statement on the situation Friday afternoon. See the full statement below:
The Dumas ISD Administration received a report from local law enforcement that a Dumas ISD teacher may have engaged in educator misconduct with a District student. Pursuant to the District’s customary personnel practices, the employee was placed on administrative leave while the matter is under investigation. Dumas ISD is cooperating with law enforcement agencies to the fullest extent permitted by law, and will coordinate its own investigation with these authorities.
State and federal law prohibit the District from disclosing personally identifiable student information, as well as confidential personnel information. Further, since the District’s and law enforcement’s investigations are on-going, the District cannot comment on this matter. Once the District’s investigation into this matter is complete, the District’s administration will examine the findings and determine what action, if any, is appropriate. Please be assured that in the interim, the District has taken steps to preserve the safety of its students. Unless new allegations and information are revealed, the District has no further comment at this time.