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A horrifying report comes out of Round Rock Texas, in which a highly involved Round Rock Independent School District teacher has admitted to performing oral sex on her student two times in her classroom.
School officials said in an email to parents that they were notified that Randi Chaverria had an improper relationship with a student on Monday, Nov. 18.
Chaverria turned herself in at the Williamson County Jail on Tuesday, and has been charged with improper relationship between educator and student, and according to online jail records, Chaverria bonded out of jail as of Tuesday afternoon.
According to an affidavit obtained by KVUE, Chaverria had sexual contact with a current student several times while she was a teacher at Round Rock High School during the 2019 fall semester. The student reportedly told police she performed oral sex on him twice in his classroom on or about Oct. 16.
After reviewing text messages between the student and Chaverria, officials said they were consistent with what the student’s claims regarding his relationship with her.
RRISD officials told KVUE that Chaverria was already on personal leave as of Nov. 18 from the week prior to the allegation surfacing. District officials said HR called Chaverria in the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 19, then Chaverria came in and submitted her resignation.
The relationship was reported to the district’s human resource department and to the State Board for Educator Certification, the district said.
Chaverria is no longer a teacher for the district. She later turned herself in at the Williamson County Jail and has been charged with improper relationship between educator and student, the district said.
This story in conjunction with the countless of other stories just like this begs the question: are our children being preyed upon?
Shocking data that comes from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) shows there has been a rise in inappropriate relationships between teachers and students in recent years.
During the 2018 to 2019 fiscal year, TEA tracked 442 inappropriate relationships, compared to 429 the year prior and 302 relationships in the 2016 to 2017 fiscal year.
Compare that number to 123 relationships TEA recorded between 2008 and 2009.
Another explanation for the recent spike in relationships could be because of the Passing of the 2017 state law referred to as “Pass the Trash” , which strengthened requirements for principals and superintendents to report inappropriate relationships.
Regardless of the reason for the massive spike we are seeing in inappropriate relationships between teachers and students, it is important to speak to your children in order keep them awake and aware of this serious issue, and to prevent them from becoming victims.
Here is the letter from the principal to Round Rock High School parents on Tuesday:
Dear Round Rock High School Community,
Safety is the top priority of Round Rock High School and Round Rock ISD. Ensuring a safe and secure learning environment requires partnership between students, parents, campus and district staff, as well as law enforcement.
With that partnership in mind, we want to share some information about an incident at our campus.
Today, the Round Rock Police Department arrested Randi Chaverria, a Round Rock High School teacher, following an investigation of an alleged inappropriate relationship with a student. School administrators were first notified of the allegations on Monday, November 18.
Once notified, the teacher, who had elected to take leave before the administration received the report, was immediately reported to the District’s Human Resources Department and law enforcement and not permitted to return to campus.
This teacher is no longer employed by Round Rock ISD and the situation has been reported to the State Board for Educator Certification.
Per procedure for all Round Rock ISD employees, this individual was hired after passing a Texas Department of Public Safety background check and employment reference checks.
As a reminder, Round Rock ISD encourages anyone who has information tied to possible wrongdoing or inappropriate behavior to immediately contact a campus administrator, utilize the District’s Anonymous Alerts program, or reach out to law enforcement.
The Anonymous Alerts program allows students or parents to anonymously submit any sensitive or urgent student issues quickly to school officials. Students or parents can submit reports such as bullying, cyberbullying, depression, dating violence, drug or alcohol use, threats against the school, weapons on campus and more. All messages submitted remain completely anonymous. Please visit roundrockisd.org/anonymousalerts/ for more details.
Members of the Round Rock ISD community can also anonymously report incidents through the following Lighthouse Services phone numbers: 1-800-398-1496 (English) and 1-800-216-1288 (Spanish).