Mark Lampman, a 47-year-old teacher at Permian High School in Odessa, Texas, was found dead in an open field Wednesday afternoon, after shooting himself. He was found just a day after he resigned from his position at the high school, where he was also an assistant girls golf coach.
Allegations were brought against him for having an improper relationship with a student at the school where he had been working for seventeen years. That school is also, strangely, the one that was inspiration for Friday Night Lights.
Four other female teachers from the same school have also been under allegations for the same kind of relationships with students, in just the past year alone. Alisha Carrasco Knighten, an assistant softball coach resigned last week. In April 2013, Kathryn Maples and April Collins the swimming and diving coaches were charged with a second-degree felony.
The Ector County Independent School District admitted that it was a challenging year but asked parents to refrain from talking negatively about the case on any social media sites.
In a statement they said, “Our ECISD family is deeply saddened by the events that unfolded. The remaining days and weeks of the school year will be very difficult at Permian High School. In an immediate response there will be crisis counselors available to all students and faculty members tomorrow and Friday. We know and understand emotions are raw, and we have seen a number of very inappropriate and hateful posts to social media sites this evening.
Out of respect for the families involved in this tragedy, we are urging everyone to remove all angry messages from all accounts and refrain from posting any more. This type of dialogue is not helpful, nor is it healing. We consider ourselves part of the same team – the same family – and we must work together to get through a difficult time like this.”
School district spokesman said, “The school district provides training to address this issue each year, and we plan more in the future. Our teachers are hired to teach, support, and inspire our students to great achievement and it is unacceptable to an educator to cross the line from professional to personal relationship. We are glad these allegations are being reported, and we investigate every report that comes to us. We will do everything in our power to address this immediately.”
This isn’t the only school across the country that has recently been in the media for teachers having relationships with their students. More and more cases are being brought out each month. What do you think is going on?