|Former SSHS teacher charged with improper relationship with student|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Dec. 7, 2006 - Police arrested a former Sulphur Springs High School English teacher Wednesday for having an improper relationship with a student in the spring.
Kasey Earlene Tyler, 22, of Sulphur Springs turned herself in to Sulphur Springs Police Lt. Investigator Rusty Stillwagoner Wednesday on the second-degree felony charge. She was arraigned before Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Ronny Glossup and released a short time later from the county jail after securing a $10,000 bond.
Tyler is alleged to have had been involved in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old male Sulphur Springs High School student while employed at the school during the first part of this year.’
The student’s parents learned of the relationship and in May contacted police, who then launched an investigation into the allegation.
Tyler taught English at SSHS for a year but is no longer employed with the district. She resigned her post prior to the allegations surfacing, according to Sulphur Springs Independent School District Superintendent Patsy Bolton.
�It first came to may attention over the summer,� Bolton said. �She�d already resigned from the school when it was brought to my attention.�
Bolton said that no action was required by SSISD as school was not in session when the allegations were made.
She said when allegations are made against a teacher or employee, the district’s policy is to call them in to speak with administrators. If warranted, an investigation is launched, with school officials cooperating with police as needed.
Districts are also required to contact the state’s education agency when there is reason to suspect an improper relationship. Bolton said that in the event the employee either confesses or “police say they are guilty,” school administrators have five days to send a letter to Texas Education Agency advising the state of the charges. While the investigation is ongoing, TEA “red flags” the teacher’s certification until the case is resolved. The teacher’s certification is cleared in the event of a not guilty finding, and is pulled if they are found guilty.
TEA notification is not required of aides, as they are not required to have teaching certification. Most aides do not have the training, the superintendent explained.
In this instance, Tyler’s certification is not flagged — she is still working on the teaching certificiation, Stillwagoner said. The state does allow emergency certification, which lets college students with most of their training teach for a year provided they agree to obtain the certification within a year’s time.
Bolton also said that when school administrators are made aware of allegations of criminal activity, they are required to contact the proper law enforcement agency so those authorities can investigate the claims.
�It�s unfortunate these things happen. In our society today we are seeing more of these types of things happening. We don�t tolerate them in our district,� Bolton said, referring to crimes such as improper teacher-student relationships, violence or threats of violence.