Nacogdoches substitute teacher arrested for improper relationship with student

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 3:38pm

A Nacogdoches Independent School District substitute teacher has been arrested for having an improper relationship with a student.

Jamar Ballard, 29, was arrested Thursday and charged with improper relationship between an educator and student.

On Tuesday, a Nacogdoches High School student told an NHS staff member that Ballard had acted inappropriately.

“Any improper relationship between an educator and student is deplorable,” said NISD Superintendent Dr. Fred Hayes. “NISD fully supports this investigation. We have zero-tolerance for improper behavior between an educator and a student. Any adult who would break the trust of a child and pursue such a relationship should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

NISD Police Chief Doug Ploch said the investigation into the incident continues, and additional charges could be filed. Any student or teacher with information on this matter should contact the NISD Police Department.

“We take all allegations seriously and investigate them thoroughly, ” Ploch said. “Our concern is for the safety of our students and staff.”

According to the state penal code, an improper relationship between an educator and student is a second-degree felony.

Ballard has been dismissed from employment with NISD.


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