Rusk ISD investigating allegation of inappropriate communication

Published on Monday, 16 December 2013 23:15 - Written by KELLY GOOCH kgooch@tylerpaper.com

Rusk ISD continues to investigate an allegation of “inappropriate communications” between an educator and student, the district confirmed Monday.

Lufkin attorney Wayne D. Haglund, who represents the district, said this would refer to “some form of electronic or digital communication outside of school.”

Superintendent Scott Davis said the allegation stems from a weekend before to Dec. 10.

On Dec. 10, the educator was placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard when there is such an allegation that would require an investigation, he said. Davis would not say whether the educator is male or female. However, he did say the student has not been enrolled in Rusk ISD.

Haglund did not release the age or gender of the student.

When asked whether the educator and student knew each other, he said, “It is my understanding they were acquainted.”

Haglund said he initially anticipated that the investigation might be complete within two weeks.

But given that the educator has engaged legal counsel and that school is about to let out for the holidays, he now expects the investigation to be complete in January at the earliest.