HOUSTON, TX - HPD investigators say that a teacher at Cornerstone Academy Middle School, Whitney Anne Laidlaw has been arrested after she was accused of an improper relationship with a 14-year-old student during the school's summer break.
Court documents reveal that Whitney Anne (Grunder) Laidlaw is charged with sexual assault of a child and improper relationship with a student. According to the documents, Laidlaw is a "hip-hop teacher" at the school. The victim stated that she exchanged phone numbers with Laidlaw and communicated with her by phone, Instagram and Snapchat. The victim also said that the end of the 7th grade year, the teacher told the student that "she had feelings" for the student. The victim then said that the teacher would ask the student to sneak out her apartment and meet the teacher. However, the victim stated that she refused to meet the teacher. The victim then said that the teacher then asked her to meet inside the teacher's car. Once the student she was inside the backseat, the teacher started kissing her.
Court documents revealed that Laidlaw sexually assaulted the victim on more than one incident in the backseat of the vehicle. Another individual then discovered messages on the victim's phone and reported the incident.
Spring Branch ISD released the following statement:
“The Houston Police Department (HPD) has notified Spring Branch ISD Police that HPD has arrested a Cornerstone Academy teacher, Whitney (Grunder) Laidlaw, for alleged crimes involving an improper relationship with a student. When the allegations came to the district’s attention last week, we immediately removed Mrs. Laidlaw from the classroom and placed her on administrative leave. The alleged incidents reportedly occurred during the summer break and did not occur on school property.
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.
We will continue to work closely with law enforcement regarding this matter. We will have counseling resources available for student support. Should you have any additional information about this matter, please contact the Houston Police Department at 832.394.5500. You may also contact the Spring Branch ISD Police at 713.984.9805.