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Two Shepherd teachers investigated for allegations of bullying a student
SHEPHERD – Two male staff members at Shepherd Middle School were put on paid administrative leave last week following allegations of bullying a student. According to Shepherd Independent School District Superintendent Jody Cronin, a seventh grader at the middle school reported two of her teachers were bullying her. Cronin said the student and parents claimed a staff member was bullying the female student and later a second staff member was mentioned. Both teachers are new to the school district. While school officials said they've conducted an internal investigation and found no evidence of bullying, Cronin said they have found some evidence of unprofessional behavior. "We want to make sure our students are safe and employees are handled correctly," Cronin said. "We have a very safe school and we want to keep it that way." The San Jacinto County Criminal District Attorney is reviewing the report made by the Shepherd ISD police. They are expected to make a decision early this week whether charges will be filed against the teachers.