A Texas teacher who allegedly shot and killed his wife was arrested and charged with murder following a five-hour stand-off with Houston police.

James Paul Anderson, 37, is a special education teacher in Cleveland Independent School District.

According to a report by Fox 26 Houston, Anderson headed the special education department at the district’s Santa Fe Middle School.

The shooting occurred Sunday night at the couple’s home in Kingwood. Their 3-year-old son was inside the house at the time of the shooting, but Anderson released him to police unharmed.

Anderson was booked into Harris County Jail and held on a $300,000 bond.

State records show Anderson received a one-year certificate to teach special education in February 2023.

District officials released a statement:

Cleveland ISD is deeply saddened to hear of the tragic domestic violence situation involving one of the staff members at Santa Fe Middle School, James Anderson. Mr. Anderson has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation. We would like to reiterate that this situation occurred domestically and did not take place on campus. Additional counseling and crisis support has been made available for students and staff at Santa Fe Middle School.

Cleveland ISD, which serves the controversial Colony Ridge development north of Houston that is home to thousands of illegal aliens, also recently reported a string of drug overdoses inside its schools.

In May, another Texas teacher was involved in a domestic dispute that turned violent. Mansfield ISD middle school teacher Thomas Boykin allegedly shot his children after arguing with his wife, a principal in the district. The children survived their injuries, and Boykin was charged with three felony counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Texas Scorecard has reported on dozens of Texas teachers charged with crimes.

Erin Anderson

Erin Anderson is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard, reporting on state and local issues, events, and government actions that impact people in communities throughout Texas and the DFW Metroplex. A native Texan, Erin grew up in the Houston area and now lives in Collin County.