Brownfield Drama Teacher Resigns Under Dark Cloud - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/11/03

Brownfield Drama Teacher Resigns Under Dark Cloud

Although NewsChannel 11 knows his name, it is being withheld due to the unusual nature of the situation. A high school teacher, a report of sexual misconduct, but no ongoing investigation by authorities.

The resignation was submitted November 23. "I, __, do hereby resign my position as Theatre Director of Brownfield high school, effectively immediately, due to personal circumstances." Four days earlier, the State Board for Educator Certification received a report of sexual misconduct against the teacher from the Brownfield Independent School District.

When asked, "Have you received any complaints from parents about sexual misconduct?," Superintendent Charles Harrison, who declined an on-camera interview stated, "I don't know if I want to comment on that."

The accused was in his second year at Brownfield high. A drama teacher, his certification from the state board expired August 31st. A quote next to his photo in the yearbook reads, "I really enjoyed the job and the kids. I hope to be back teaching in the future."

At the Brownfield police department, Chief Roy Rice reports that the matter is not under investigation. Not from the state board because the man is no longer a certified teacher, and thus out of their realm, and not by police because there have been no complaints. Officers have interviewed both the accused and a 17-year-old female, both of whom deny any inappropriate behavior. "All saying nothing happened. There's no evidence. No complaint. Everything so far is rumor and allegations."

NewsChannel 11 attempted to contact the man by phone and in person but was unsuccessful.

On Monday two additional resignations are expected, the circumstances behind those situations are currently unknown.

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