2 Shepherd ISD teachers accused of bullying student

By Camille Williams, Reporter, cwilliams@kprc.com
Published On: Apr 01 2013 06:11:38 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 01 2013 06:46:56 PM CDT

April 1, 2013: Shepherd Independent School District police are investigating allegations that two teachers bullied a student. Camille Williams reports.

SHEPHERD, Texas -

Shepherd Independent School District police are investigating allegations that two teachers bullied a student.

Superintendent Jody Cronin said a 7th grader at at Shepherd Middle School claims two of her teachers were bullying her.

"We had a student and parents who came to us with allegations of bullying, which started with a staff member towards the student and then later a second staff member was mentioned," said Cronin.

The thought of two teachers being accused of bullying a student stuns parents like Ashley Scott.

"Any kid in general being bullied, that's not the way to go," said Scott.

School officials said they've conducted an internal investigation and they found no evidence of bullying.

However, Cronin said the San Jacinto County District Attorney is also investigating the allegations.

Last week, two male teachers were put on paid administrative leave. Cronin said they'll remain on leave until the district attorney completes his investigation.

"We want to make sure our students are safe. We're very proud of our heritage here at Shepherd. In fact, we have a very safe school and we want to keep it that way," said Cronin.

The San Jacinto District Attorney is reviewing the Shepherd ISD police report. They're expected to decide on Tuesday whether charges will be filed against the teachers.

The district attorney said the teachers would possibly face assault charges.

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