Adding to the long line of teachers acting inappropriately by going beyond their actual vocational assignments, a new case has come to light involving a Texas teacher caught in a portable classroom with a 14-year-old student.
Heather Lynn Miller was arrested Sunday night after a campus security guard at Katy Junior High School found the 46-year-old teacher in a trailer with a 14-year-old male student during a routine patrol.
Katy Independent School district official said in a statement that Miller had been “engaging in an inappropriate relationship” with the student.
KHOU, the local Houston-area news, reported that Miller answered the door to the temporary classroom and told the guard “everything was fine.” Suspicious, the guard looked past the woman and saw a 14-year-old student getting dressed.
Miller, a social studies teacher, has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. She has been charged with improper relationship with a student, and according to police, she posted $50,000 bond and was released Monday.
“Providing a safe and secure learning environment is and will continue to be our top priority, and we will always act swiftly when that is compromised,” district officials said in a statement reported at the Huffington Post.
Tuesday Miller made a court appearance and agreed not to contact her alleged victim, and as she walked out courtroom a parent who has a child at Katy Junior High School, according to KHOU, confronted her.
“You shouldn’t be around kids!” Cynthia Kaiser shouted down a hallway at Miller, who did not respond.
“There’s been too many kids getting raped, getting abused and then why are these schools not checking to make sure these teachers are fit to be teachers?” Kaiser told KHOU.
An official with KISD told reporters that the district performed a background check on Miller just as they have conducted background checks on all of their teachers.
In the meantime, Miller is urging people to hear her side of the story before judging her actions.
[Photo Credit: KISD]