HOUSTON – A Spring Branch ISD middle-school teacher is facing criminal charges after allegations surfaced about an inappropriate relationship with an eighth-grade student.
A fellow faculty member at Memorial Middle School reported the alleged relationship between Kathryn "Camille" Murray and the boy to the principal on February 13.
The school relieved Murray of duty shortly afterward.
After an investigation, the district alerted Child Protective Services, the Spring Branch ISD Police Department and the Texas Board for Educator Certification about the accusations.
Charges of sexual assault of a child were filed against Murray Thursday and she was arrested several hours later.
Murray’s bond was set at $250,000.
"The safety of every SBISD student is our very highest priority. We are deeply shocked and outraged by this alleged conduct. We will never tolerate any teacher or other employee who takes advantage of and harms a student," the district said in a written statement. "This allegation, if true, represents a complete breach of the trust that our children and our community place in our educators every day. We are saddened by these allegations, and we are very concerned about the well-being of the student and his family."
Murray, who attended both Memorial Middle and Memorial High School growing up, taught at Memorial Middle for three years before she was let go.
Sources said Murray had been tutoring the student involved in the case after school in her classroom, and she and the boy had exchanged text messages.
The district sent counselors to the school Thursday to help students deal with the allegations. Many parents were also trying to digest the news.
"I’m just glad that it was reported and that they handled it so quickly and swiftly," said Marnie Vandeburg, a parent. "I feel sorry for the child that it happened to and the family."
"First of all, it was my daughter’s teacher," said Vicky Rocher, another parent. "And I wasn’t happy with the performance and we’ve had complaints about her teaching quality, and we just expect higher here at Memorial Middle."