Spring Branch ISD teacher accused of inappropriate relationship w/ student

HOUSTON - According to school officials, a Spring Branch ISD teacher is now on leave after being arrested on a charge of having an improper relationship with a student. In a written statement, district officials said Whitney Laidlaw, a teacher at Cornerstone Academy, was removed from the campus last week after they were informed about her arrest by Houston police

Laidlaw has been teaching hip-hop at the school, according to the warrant.

Below is the entire statement from SBISD:

"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."

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