Former Shamrock ISD teacher turns herself for alleged improper relationship with a student

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A former Shamrock ISD teacher has turned herself in for allegedly having an improper relationship with a student.

DPS said a warrant was issued for Nicole Guthrie, 24, who according to Shamrock ISD’s website, was the head girls cross country coach, assistant basketball coach, and assistant track coach.

According to a statement released by Shamrock ISD, on Sunday, the administration got a report that a teacher was sending inappropriate messages to a student, and the Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office started an investigation.

On Monday, Shamrock ISD said Guthrie was placed on paid administrative leave after an interview, pending the results of a full investigation. They said Guthrie later resigned that morning.

Shamrock ISD said they have reported the incident to Child Protective Services and will file a report with the State Board of Educator Certification.

DPS said Guthrie turned herself into the Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office. 

The Texas Rangers said they were called into to assist by the Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office. 

Shamrock ISD’s full statement:

Late Sunday evening, it was reported to the Shamrock ISD Administration that a District educator was sending inappropriate messages to a student. The Wheeler County Sheriff’s Department was immediately apprised of this report and notified that the District would begin an investigation pursuant to the District’s customary personal practices. Following a brief interview on Monday morning, the educator was placed on paid administrative leave pending the results of a full investigation. The educator resigned later that morning and is no longer permitted on District premises.

Local law enforcement authorities are currently investigating this matter and will determine whether to pursue criminal charges. The District has also reported this incident to Child Protective Services and will file a report of this educator’s suspected misconduct with the State Board of Educator Certification. The school administration will continue to cooperate with these agencies as needed, and to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Student safety and proper professional relationships between staff and students is a top priority to Shamrock ISD. The District’s policies concerning improper personal relationships between staff and students is strictly enforced. Employees receive regular training and warnings regarding proper professional relationships with students. The administration encourages anyone with information of a suspected improper relationship between a staff member and a student to immediately contact the Superintendent’s office or the Wheeler County Sherriff’s Department or the Texas Rangers.

State and federal law prohibit the District from disclosing personally identifiable student information, as well as confidential personnel information. Therefore, the District cannot comment further on this matter. Any further inquiries should be directed to Kenneth Shields. Please be assured that the District has taken steps to keep students safe and I am grateful for the prompt response, assistance and cooperation of the Sheriff’s Department and the Texas Rangers.

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