Jefferson ISD Superintendent Rob Barnwell confirmed reports that a JISD female classroom teacher was arrested Friday, February 8, 2019 by Jefferson Independent School District Police.
According to Marion County court records, the teacher arrested was 47-year-old Shannon Griffin. Records stated she was arrested Friday and charged carrying an alleged inappropriate relationship with a male student. According to news reports from other sources, she served as an English and theater teacher at Jefferson High School, as well as the high school cheer leading sponsor.
Superintendent said the situation is disturbing
Barnwell said, “Unfortunately, we have been dealing with a disturbing situation the last several days. However, it is very fortunate that our police chief and administration was able to uncover many facts and obtain a written confession. Tuesday, February 12, 2019,school officials said the teacher resigned from her position and will no longer be employed in education.
“Due to confidentiality requirements, I am restricted from giving any other details related to this issue,” Barnwell said. ” As always, the safety and security of our students is our top priority, and we are taking all necessary steps to ensure this situation is dealt with in the proper manner. We have offered to help the victim with counseling that may be appropriate or needed. If anyone has any information that may be of some help regarding our continuing investigation, I want to encourage them to contact my office.”
Griffin posted her $20,000 bond the same day as her arrest.