Highland Park ISD teacher arrested for improper relationship with student

Highland Park ISD teacher arrested for improper relationship with student

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - The Highland Park Independent School District has issued a statement regarding a teacher who may have been involved in an improper relationship with a district student.

On Tuesday, Dec. 5, Amarillo Police Department detectives received information on a possible improper relationship between an educator and a student.

On Thursday, Dec. 7, 25-year-old Brian Pantoja was arrested and booked into the Potter County Detention Center.

Pantoja resigned on that same day, effective immediately.

The district says they have reported this incident to Child Protective Services and the State Board of Educator Certification.

Highland Park ISD Superintendent Jimmy Hannon released this statement regarding the issue:

The Highland Park ISD Administration received a report from local law enforcement on Wednesday evening December 6, 2017, that a Highland Park ISD teacher may be involved in an inappropriate relationship with a female District student. Highland Park ISD fully cooperated with law enforcement, and acted immediately to coordinate its own investigation with the authorities into the allegations of misconduct. On the afternoon of December 7, 2017, the District obtained a resignation from the teacher, effective immediately, and he ceased to be employed by the District.

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