Katy Junior High social studies teacher charged with improper relationship with student

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by Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News and KHOU.com staff

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Posted on April 28, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 28 at 11:09 PM

KATY, Texas – A Katy Junior High school teacher has been removed from the classroom and is facing serious charges after she was allegedly involved with one of her students.

Heather Lynn Miller was charged with improper relationship between educator and student.

According to Katy ISD officials, the social studies teacher and a student were found in her portable classroom by a KISD police officer patrolling the campus on Sunday evening.

Miller has been removed from the classroom and placed on administrative leave pending investigation, officials said.

“Because the investigation is still ongoing, we are unable to provide additional information at this time, but please be assured the District takes this allegation very seriously and is fully cooperating with prosecutors. Parents of students who may have been taught by, or interacted on a regular basis with, are being contacted directly. 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. Likewise, we will continue to do everything we can to ensure the safety of our students,” KATY ISD released in a statement to parents and staff.

“It’s sad for me because I know Heather, and I’ve seen her as a sweetheart that loves her children,” Pat Trull, a neighbor, said.

Trull and her husband Kenneth have known Miller and her family for years, and they’re asking people to wait for her side of the story to come out.

“In today’s society, things are taken so quickly out of sorts don’t do that…give her a chance,” Pat Trull said.

“Teachers have hard job and you need to give them the benefit of the doubt instead of trying to crucify somebody for an accusation,” Kenneth Trull said.

Other neighbors have already heard enough.

“It’s atrocious to me as a parent,” Delbert Hatfield, another neighbor, said. “America’s going to hell and a hand basket apparently.”

Parents, who have admittedly been blinded by trust, said the charges against Miller are making them second guess everything.

“I don’t know because you want your child to trust their teachers, but then, where is that fine line of we went too far and we told our children to trust them too much?” Shanda Campbell, a parent, said.

Miller is free after posting $50,000 bond.

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