Middle school teacher fired for alleged inappropriate texts to female student
Earlier this month, police were called to Houston Middle School in Tennessee after inappropriate texts from a teacher were discovered on the phone of one of its students.
LeRico Mathis, the teacher, served as a special education teacher at Houston Middle School, where the alleged misconduct took place, and he coached football at the high school.
The conversations between Mathis and the student were not related to school and were described as inappropriate.
“Of course, it bothers me. I haven’t heard anything about that. First, I’m hearing of it,” said one parent.
“You need to know what’s going on in your child’s life. If it’s inappropriate behavior, we need to know about it. I’m glad the parent caught it,” said another.
While there was not enough evidence to arrest Mathis, the school felt there was enough evidence to fire him, and he was released for violating school ethics.
Since Mathis’ dismissal, the police have issued a statement, saying: “The Germantown Police Department received a complaint regarding Houston Middle School teaching assistant Lerico Mathis on February 25th, 2016. The complaint involved allegations of inappropriate texting between Mr. Mathis and an underage student. An investigation into this matter yielded no criminal charges. As part of our investigation a referral was made to the Tennessee Department of Child Services. Pursuant to Tennessee law this report will be maintained as confidential.”