GC Schools Superintendent Doug Robinson issues statements regarding arrest of middle school teacher; tells parents ‘we will work diligently to regain your trust and confidence’

Grayson County Schools Superintendent Doug Robinson has issued two statements on the Tuesday morning arrest of Grayson County Middle School teacher John Cariel.

The initial statement was issued via email to new outlets, with a follow-up statement presented to parents/guardians of Grayson County Schools students via one-call voicemail.

The first statement by Superintendent Robinson is as follows:

A student tip to a School Resource Officer alleging inappropriate student contact has led to the arrest of Grayson County Middle School teacher John Cariel. The alleged contact took place through technology in the fall of 2017 and off school premises.

I am sickened and dismayed. Teachers are placed in a position of supreme trust. Students and their families should always have confidence in that. We realize that trust within our own system has now been broken due to the actions of a few.

Grayson County Schools will not tolerate even a suggestion of improper behavior or contact between teachers and students. Any allegations will be handed over immediately to law enforcement for investigation. If verified they will lead to arrest, prosecution, and termination from both the district and the Education Professional Standards Board to ensure these individuals can never again work with children.

The second statement was issued about six hours after Robinson’s first statement and reads as follows:

Good evening. This is Doug Robinson. I am calling you both as Superintendent of Grayson County Schools, as well as a father with two children in our school system.

Today, a student tip to a School Resource Officer alleging inappropriate student contact led to the arrest of a Grayson County Middle School teacher. The alleged contact took place through a social media app in the fall of 2017 and off school premises.

I am sickened and dismayed. Teachers are placed in a position of supreme trust. Student and their families should always have confidence in that. We realize trust within our own system has now been broken due to the actions of a few. This does not in any way reflect our staff overall, and we will work diligently to regain your trust and confidence in us.

Grayson County Schools will not tolerate even a suggestion of improper behavior or contact between teachers and students. Any allegations will be handed over immediately to law enforcement for investigation, and if verified will lead to arrest, prosecution, and termination of employment to ensure these individuals can never again work with children.

We’ll continue to encourage “see something, say something.” Communication – with our staff, our students, our families, with law enforcement and with our community – is key now and moving forward.

By Ken Howlett, News Director

Contact Ken at ken@k105.com or 270-259-6000