Permian High School in west Texas continues to be rocked by teacher-student sex scandals.
Government teacher Mark Lampman, 47, was found dead on a golf course the day after he resigned from the school over allegations he had a sexual relationship with a student. Police believe he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Lampman was the fifth Permian High teacher in the last year alone to resign from the school under suspicions of having sex with students. Just last week, 25-year-old teacher Alisha Carrasco Knighten resigned for the same reason.
“Another allegation of this sort is alarming and disappointing,” Ector County Independent School District spokesman Mike Adkins said in a statement Wednesday. “The school district provides training to address this issue each year, and we plan more in the future. Our teachers are hired to teach, support, and inspire our students to great achievement and it is unacceptable to an educator to cross the line from professional to personal relationship. We are glad these allegations are being reported, and we investigate every report that comes to us. We will do everything in our power to address this immediately.”
Yesterday, school superintendent Tom Crowe spoke to the faculty at Permian High.
“I told them, we believe in you. We support you, the board supports you. What you do, 99.9 percent are in it for the right reasons,” Crowe told local news station OAOA.
He reiterated, though, that any allegations of improper conduct between teachers and students will be investigated and, if found to be true, will result in charges being filed.
“I did tell (Permian staff) when we get reports like this we’re going to investigate them. And if they are true… I’ll work with the prosecutors to carry it to the full extent of the law,” Crowe said.