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HISD removes employee from elementary school after allegations of inappropriate conduct

HISD confirms a staff member at Brookline Elementary was removed from campus after allegations arose.

HOUSTON — Allegations of inappropriate conduct have rocked another Houston ISD school.

It’s the fourth time since Saturday.

The district confirmed a staff member at Brookline Elementary was removed from school pending an administrative and police investigation.

It has to do with allegations of inappropriate conduct with students.

“I didn’t know anything about it,” said one parent.

She said things like that shouldn’t be happening at school.

"I am worried,” said another parent.

She said she left work to get her daughter after hearing the news.

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"It’s important for us to understand that an allegation is not proof of guilt,” said Houston Federation of Teachers Vice President Andy Dewey.

He admitted the recent wave of allegations is troubling. But HISD employs more than 11,000 teachers alone.

"We do know that sometimes the allegations are true," Dewey said.  "And when that’s the case, there should be a list made and keep people from teaching anymore.”

HISD board trustees told KHOU 11 the superintendent and others have canceled meetings to deal with recent incidents and the policies and procedures surrounding them.

That includes why it took a year from the time allegations first arose to arrest the three teachers who've been accused of sexual abuse this week.

"They need to pay more attention to who they’re hiring,” said another Brookline parent.

She told her son not let anyone touch him and to tell her if they do.

Here is HISD's full statement regarding the most recent incident:

"Allegations of inappropriate conduct with students have been made against a staff member at Brookline Elementary School. We took immediate action to remove the employee from the campus pending an administrative and police investigation. Please know that HISD places great value on our students, and their safety and well-being are of the utmost importance."


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