WEST, Texas – FOX 44 News has learned new information about the West Independent School District teacher accused of having inappropriate encounters with a student.
West ISD officials were notified Wednesday of an allegation of an employee at West Middle/High School sending a student “inappropriate electronic communications” through social media.
According to an arrest affidavit obtained by FOX 44 News, the suspect is 33-year-old high school art teacher Andrew White.
A West ISD police officer says he met with the West High School Principal on Sept. 30th about allegations made against White. They spoke with a female student who says White began sending her poems and letters that made her uncomfortable, beginning in November 2020 and ending in the spring of 2021.
The student also accuses White of exposing himself to her, touching her, and having her touch him.
The district said in a press release Friday it immediately began an investigation and reported the information to Law Enforcement and Child Protective Services (CPS).
Through student interviews, other serious allegations materialized – which West ISD officials and Law
Enforcement worked through as quickly and thoroughly as possible. The Texas Rangers also joined the investigation.
The employee involved was removed from duty, and is no longer employed by West ISD. The individual was arrested by the West ISD Police Department on Thursday.
Due to a recent change to the Texas Education Code (Section 21.12), the district is prohibited from naming an individual who has been accused of this conduct unless the individual has been indicted. Because the individual has only been arrested, and not yet indicted, the name cannot be released.
The district is encouraging all parents, guardians, and caregivers to speak with their students about appropriate relationships with adults, and to report any suspicious or concerning behavior to the district or law enforcement. Campus counselors and administrators are available by phone or in-person if a student, parent, or guardian has any information relating to this investigation.
The West ISD Police Department, West Police Department, CPS, and Texas Rangers assisted the district in working through this investigation and with the affected students and families.
For more information, you can contact Superintendent David Truitt at the West ISD Administration Building at (254) 981-2000.
Source: West Independent School District