ALVIN, Texas -- A female staff member at Alvin High School has resigned after allegations surfaced that she had an inappropriate relationship with an 18-year-old male student, according to Alvin ISD officials.
According to the district, an anonymous tip about the alleged relationship was sent to administrators via Alvin ISD's mobile application.
The employee, who has not yet been charged, quit her job Wednesday.
"It's an epidemic, I don't think there is anyway else to describe it," said Terry Abbott, who has started tracking reports of teacher sex cases.
Abbott is a former Houston ISD spokesman and served in the Department of Education under President George W. Bush. He's also a concerned parent.
"We started looking into the question, 'How often does this happen?'," said Abbott. "What we saw was astonishing."
According to Abbott, there have been 500 reports of inappropriate relations with teachers nationwide since the start of the year. With 81 cases, Texas leads the nation in illegal teacher-student relationships.
"I think a big part of the problem is the rise of social media and text messaging," said Abbott. "Teachers have instantaneous private anytime contact with children via social media."
Abbott believes districts and lawmakers should ban social media communication and text messages between school employees and students.