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Improper student-teacher relationship being investigated in Zephyr

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ZEPHYR, Texas - The Brown County Sheriff's Office tells KTXS it is investigating allegations of an improper teacher-student relationship at the Zephyr Independent School District.

Chief Deputy James Stroope said they're looking into a relationship involving a male student during the 2016-2017 school year.

Zephyr ISD Superintendent Stanton Marwitz confirmed the investigation and said he was informed of an alleged inappropriate relationship with a former student and teacher in late July. He said it began while the student was enrolled at Zephyr.

"The employee was immediately placed on administrative leave and the school board held a meeting to propose termination and non-renewal of the employee's contract," Marwitz said in a press release.

According to Zephyr ISD's school board agenda, the decision to propose termination was made on Monday.

Zephyr ISD General Counsel Carol Simpson said the student's relative notified the superintendent of the relationship.

The school conducted its own investigation into the matter before placing the teacher on paid leave, according to Simpson.

"To our knowledge, there's only one student," Simpson said.

Besides the sheriff's office, Child Protective Services is also investigating the matter.

Brown County Chief Deputy Stroope said his office will pursue criminal charges if they find any instance of an improper teacher-student relationship.

Martwitz is urging parents that students will be kept safe.

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"Zephyr ISD puts the safety of its students above all else. Anyone with information of this nature should immediately contact the Zephyr Independent School District or Brown County Sheriff's Department," Marwitz said.

While the district has identified the teacher, KTXS is not naming the educator until formal charges are brought.

The school has a link to its statement on its website.

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