Lawsuit: Texas school district welcomed convicted teacher

WACO, Texas (AP) — A federal lawsuit says a Texas school district permitted a former teacher who had sexual contact with a student to be involved in school organizations and allowed her on district-owned property to watch sports games the student participated in.

The lawsuit filed Friday by the student argues the Abbott Independent School District created a “hostile educational environment” for the student and engaged in behavior aimed to chill the reporting of harassment and misconduct.

The lawsuit says even though the former teacher was convicted in 2014 of improper relationship between educator and student, she attended meetings on school property and was allowed to serve as a board member for an athletic booster club.

The district superintendent didn’t comment Monday on the case’s specifics, but said the district will consult with attorneys.