Teachers in 2 North Texas districts arrested for improper relationships with students

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Updated 11:44 am, Monday, March 27, 2017

Continuing an alarming statewide trend, teachers in the Grand Prairie and Northwest school districts have been accused of having improper relationships with students.

In a post on Twitter, the Grand Prairie Independent School District said Rebecca Goerdel, a teacher at the Young Men’s Leadership Academy at Kennedy Middle School, was arrested Friday in connection with an alleged improper relationship with a student. District administrators had received a tip about possible impropriety on March 10.

“She was relived of all duties immediately and has not been in the classroom since,” the district said in the Twitter post. Police were notified, resulting in an investigation and arrest, the post stated.

“This kind of conduct is outrageous and will not be tolerated,” Superintendent Susan Hull said in the post.

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On Monday, the district website no longer listed Goerdel as a teacher at the leadership academy.

According to WFAA, Goerdel had previously been listed as a “special education inclusion teacher,” but it was unclear if the student involved was in one of her classes.

On March 21, a teacher at Tidwell Middle School in Roanoke, in the Northwest Independent School District, was also arrested and accused of having an improper relationship with a student, according to the Trophy Club Police Department.

Katherine Ruth Harper, 27, a seventh grade English teacher, is accused of having a relationship with a 15-year-old boy last June and July, said Lt. Tracey Shields of the Trophy Club Police Department.

Harper was released from the Denton County Jail after posting $15,000 bail, the Star Telegram reported. 

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