Texas Middle School Teacher Arrested For Alleged Relationship With Female Student

Whitney Grunder Laidlaw, a middle school teacher at Cornerstone Academy teacher in Texas, has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a female student.
Following the allegations, Laidlaw was arrested on charges of an improper relationship and sexual assault of a child on Wednesday, September 12. The alleged relationship reportedly happened over the summer vacation.
According to authorities, Laidlaw allegedly started texting the teen after the two exchanged phone numbers during the school year. The unidentified teen, 14, was in Laidlaw’s hip-hop class.
Police say that Laidlaw would communicate with and send the teen sexually explicit photos through text, Instagram and Snapchat.
via Houston Chronicle:

The relationship came to light when the girl’s father found messages between her and Laidlaw on the girl’s phone, police said.
Officers with the Houston Police Department tried to interview Laidlaw at Cornerstone Academy, but she allegedly refused to cooperate. It is unclear when that interaction happened.
Spring Branch ISD officials removed the seventh-grade teacher from the classroom last week after learning of the allegations. She has been placed on administrative leave.
Laidlaw has been released from the Harris County Jail on bail and ordered to have no contact with the student, according to court records.

The school district released the following statement about the allegations against Laidlaw:

“We are outraged by this alleged conduct. The safety of every SBISD student is our very highest priority, and having a strong moral compass is a key district core value. We will never tolerate inappropriate actions on the part of any district employee who endangers or harms our students. These allegations, if true, are a complete breach of the trust our children, our community, and we place in our educators.”

Laidlaw is just the latest teacher to be charged for inappropriate conduct. Over the course of just a few months, educators across the country were arrested for entering into an inappropriate relationship with their students, Tennessee teacher Janet Smothers, LaToya Parker, Florida teacher Caroline Lawson, 26-year-old Allyson Moran and Katherine Ross Ridenhour were all arrested on similar charges. A woman named Kayla Sprinkles was arrested in North Carolina for similar sexual crimes.
The list goes on to include 22-year-old Oklahoma science teacher Hunter Day, 28-year-old teacher Megan Kotarski, 23-year-old history teacher Michelle Schiffer, 29-year-old Alyssia Marie Reddy, special education teacher Jordan Ondish and 28-year-old Samantha Fitzpatrick have all been allegedly carrying on inappropriate relationships with their students.
34-year-old Miranda Nicole Pauley was charged with similar crimes, Nancy Leigh Ann Brann, a former Christian school teacher, was arrested for having sex with a student, Coine Audiat pleaded no contest to having sex with a minor in 2016 and 23-year-old Darci Lake was arrested for an inappropriate relationship. 27-year-old Brittany Zamora from Arizona was arrested on similar charges. Keri Hoffman, 35, was also arrested for an alleged relationship with a student. Similarly, 29-year-old Tiffany Ranweiler-Oblander and 33-year-old Maren Oates were arrested on similar charges.
Most recently, 29-year-old Haylie Smart and 25-year-old Alaina Ferguson were charged with similar crimes.

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