INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Detectives with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department are investigating allegations of an inappropriate relationship between a male teacher and female student at Arlington Community High School. The allegations were made on Friday, April 21.
IPS released the following statement on Tuesday:
“The district is aware of allegations of an inappropriate relationship between a male teacher and female student at Arlington Community High School reported on Friday, April 21, 2017. All of the necessary reports were filed immediately to CPS and Title IX. This case is now under investigation by the Indianapolis Metro Police Department.”
IPS Police Chief Steve Garner says the case has been given to IMPD Sex Crimes Division because of their expertise in retrieving evidence from phones.
Child advocates say this is a crime they are seeing more and more across Indiana.
Suzie’s Place Founder and Executive Director Emily Perry works with school districts on their plans to clearly define the student, teacher boundaries.
“This is something with the introduction of technology into schools, especially into the classroom and how outside of school hours students and teachers continue to use that same technology to communicate, the boundaries of these relationships continue to get blurred,” Perry said.
She explained the number one thing she preaches to teachers, coaches and other authrotative figures is to eliminate one on one communication with youth.
“Always keep other people involved, because the risk that communication is going to go awry when other people have eyes and ears involved is much less than if it’s in a one on one communication," Perry said.
She also advises parents to keep tabs on who their children are communicating with and how they are doing so.
So far no charges have been filed in the Arlington High School case.