Police Investigate Amarillo Teacher

Police are investigating a student's accusation of improper touching at a local high school. We wanted to know what kind of action AISD takes when a student makes this kind of complaint.

The district says it takes these allegations very seriously. In this case, the accused Amarillo High teacher is suspended with pay. A district assistant superintendent notes putting an employee on administrative leave does not imply guilt, but says it's in the best interest of both students and the accused.

"It's not necessarily an automatic but it's also not reflective of any kind of assumption on our part that the allegation is true or false, we don't know," says Daniel Coward. Police and school officials are each conducting their own investigation and releasing limited details about the case.

Amarillo police say it could be several weeks before they come to any conclusions.