Texas is leading the nation in the number of inappropriate relationships between teachers and students. At least that's the claim of one independent researcher. And there's one thing many of the cases have in common.
Social media and text messaging have been linked to several of these inappropriate relationships.
An independent researcher by the name of Terry Abbott, who was also the chief of staff at U.S. Department of Education under George Bush, says Texas is leading the nation inappropriate relationships between teachers and students.
We checked with the Texas Education Agency, and while they cannot confirm Abbott's findings, a spokesperson did tell us there is a growing problem in Texas and says more often than not social media and texting are partially to blame because that's how many of these inappropriate relationships start.
Both agree it's a problem that needs to be dealt with now.
"Whatever the hard number is, it is far too many. We don't want any kind of cases like this so I think awareness is a key part of it, for both educators and the parents," said Debbie Ratcliffe of Texas Education Agency said.
"Texas since January 1 has had at least 51 cases of teachers and other school employees accused of sex crimes with children. That's far more than California and the state of California has far more kids than Texas does," Abbot said.
They do not have a specific policy in place regarding social media communication between teachers and students.
A spokesperson did tell us it's discouraged. And that if teachers choose to use social media they are encouraged to use professional pages, separate from their private pages.