ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – A former teacher at the Odessa Collegiate Academy has been charged with improper relationship between educator and student. The charge is a second-degree felony.
William Boone was booked into the Midland County Jail after two former students came forward earlier this month and reported Boone and a student had been involved in a relationship.
ECISD officials placed Boone on paid administrative leave and began an investigation.
“This is extremely disturbing,” said ECISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Scott Muri. “We are angry.
Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. As a school district, we have taken steps to combat this. We require sexual harassment training each year, and this training includes very clear warnings of the consequences for employee-student relationships. There is no excuse for our employees to misunderstand the seriousness of these actions. We want you, our staff, our parents and our community to know we will continue to do everything we can to prevent this behavior.
I want to add: we are extremely thankful for our teachers – the 99.9% of them – who are committed to helping kids every day,” said Dr. Muri.
The District wants to thank the students who came forward with the information. They encourage anyone who sees this kind of behavior to speak to law enforcement.
Boone began teaching at ECISD in August of 2000. He has worked at Crockett Middle School and OCA. There have been no prior complaints.