AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - For the tenth consecutive year, the Texas Education Agency reported an increase in inappropriate student-teacher relationships this past year.
These incidents of student-teacher relationships are happening right here in our area.
According to the Castro County Sheriff, a Hart ISD employee turned herself in on Tuesday and is now being investigated by officials for allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a student. 23 year old, Elida Bonilla was placed on paid administrative leave.
“Those types of things didn’t get reported when I was in high school because there wasn’t a criminal act,” said Randall County District Attorney Robert Love.
In the past fiscal year, the TEA opened 429 cases of improper relationships, a 42 percent increase in inappropriate relationships from the year before.
“An improper relationship in the penal code is defined as an employee of a public or private school engaging in sexual contact, sexual intercourse or deviant sexual intercourse with a person who is enrolled in a public or private school,” said Love.
To prevent incidents, districts are responsible for creating their own policy for employees and students to follow.
“So the school districts are given a little more latitude than we, the district attorneys, are with regard with what they can try to control,” said Love.
In order to prevent improper relationships, the Texas Education Agency created ethics training modules for educators on Youtube.