Katy teacher charged with improper relationship with student appears in court

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by Alice Barr / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on April 29, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 30 at 9:50 AM

HOUSTON—A Katy Junior High School teacher, charged with having an improper relationship with a student, went before a judge Tuesday morning.

The accused teacher, Heather Miller, walked out of the courtroom hand-in-hand with two supporters.

She and her attorneys didn’t answer any questions, but a concerned parent with a son at Katy Junior High did come to speak out.

Cynthia Kaiser shouted down a hallway at Miller: “You shouldn’t be around kids!”

Kaiser said she wanted to confront the teacher because the allegations against Miller have hit Kaiser’s son hard.

”They’re just distraught over all of this, all the kids are. I mean you wouldn’t want to think that you have a teacher like that,” said Kaiser.

Kaiser said this case is especially shocking because of where investigators said it happened. Miller, who’s 46, is accused of touching a 14-year-old student inappropriately in her portable classroom on Sunday night. A school police officer patrolling campus found the pair together.

”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?” said Kaiser.

Katy district leaders told KHOU11 News they run background checks on all their staff, and get alerts on any new arrests.

Miller is out of the classroom and on administrative leave while the investigation is ongoing. She’s also out on bond, and in court Tuesday morning she had to sign an order promising she won’t contact the alleged victim.

But that’s not far enough for some worried parents.

”I don’t think she needs to be around any children at all,” said Kaiser.

Miller is a social studies teacher. She’s worked at Katy Junior High since 2007.

District leaders sent an email notice out to parents on Monday explaining what happened and saying they’re doing everything they can to keep kids safe. They contacted parents directly, if Miller taught or interacted with their children regularly.

 

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