HOUSTON (FOX 26) - A Fort Bend ISD teacher is under investigation for alleged inappropriate behavior with a fifth grade student. Child Protective Services is just one agency looking into the accusation that the teacher touched a 10-year-old little girl sexually at Blue Ridge Elementary School.
A letter was sent home to Blue Ridge Elementary parents informing them an employee is on leave “following an allegation of inappropriate conduct”.
That is information Denita Watson already knows. It’s her 10-year-old granddaughter the Blue Ridge teacher allegedly touched. “And the way he touched her was, rubbed his hand down her arm to her buttocks. He did it more than once,” Watson explains. She says the teacher touched himself as he rubbed her granddaughter.
"She keeps herself locked in a room. If you talk about it she cries and it’s really sad. At 10 years old she’s supposed to be having fun,” Watson says. The fifth grader says it happened at Blue Ridge at Saturday tutorial with five other students in the class.
According to Watson, the teacher’s behavior also alarmed another little girl. She says the girl asked "What is he doing? Why is he doing that?"
"This child is 10 years old. You put your hand on a 10-year-old and think like that. That’s sick,” says Watson.
"Child Protective Services is investigating,” says CPS Spokesperson Tiffani Butler. Butler says the agency is interviewing the victim, the teacher and potential witnesses. “We will determine if abuse or neglect happened and give those results to the school.”
The Fort Bend ISD letter to parents points out the teacher has not been back in the classroom since the allegations were made Monday. The alleged victim hasn’t been back either and is changing schools.
"Now she has to make new friends at another school and I have to try to see what we can do to get her back on track in life,” says the 10-year-old girl’s grandmother.
CPS also wants to hear from any other parents who believe the teacher was inappropriate with their child.