Substitute Teacher Arrested For Sexual Relationship With a Student

Substitute Teacher Arrested For Sexual Relationship With a Student

by Justin Kree

NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - A Big Spring substitute teacher is out of a job and sitting behind bars after allegations of him having a sexual relationship with a student.

Big Spring Police say 22-year-old Tevian Parnell met the victim while he was a substitute teacher for the District.

At first, Parnell and the student would exchange inappropriate text messages and photos. The relationship eventually became sexual and police were notified last week of the relationship.

After Big Spring detectives investigated the claims, they arrested Parnell on Monday who admitted to the relationship.

The Big Spring School District sent NewsWest 9 a statement saying, "In the event that one of our employees is arrested, we work in cooperation with law enforcement agencies to assist those agencies with their investigations. With respect to the recent arrest of one of the BSISD substitute teachers, the individual has been removed from the district's list of eligible substitutes," George Bancroft, Human Resources Coordinator for Big Spring Independent School District, said.

Parents had mixed emotions about the arrest of Parnell. 

"Depending on the age of the child, were they were fully consenting? I don't think he should be serving any jail time," Parent, Angel Partain, said.

Other parents had a different opinion.

"Regardless of the students age, whether they are consenting or not, they should not be having any kind of relationship. You're going as a role model for these students," Parent, Tonya Morgan, said.

Parnell has been booked into the Howard County Detention Center.

The investigation is still ongoing.