As Texas schools come under fire for failing to protect students from sexual predators, a Dallas Independent School District employee was charged with having an improper relationship with a student.
Qasim Frazier, a 38-year-old teacher at Bryan Adams High School, turned himself in to the Dallas Police Department on April 4.
Earlier this year, on February 24, the department’s Child Exploitation Unit received information that Frazier was in an improper relationship with a current DISD student, which is a second-degree felony.
Currently, police are holding Frazier at the Dallas County Jail under a $45,000 bond.
On social media, concerned parents criticized the district for not informing them about Frazier’s arrest before the crime attracted media attention.
One parent of a Bryan Adams High School student condemned the district, saying, “Still haven’t heard a peep from the school.”
Police arrested another DISD employee for sexual misconduct last month.
Hector P. Garcia Middle School’s athletic director, 34-year-old Kaylen Cottongame, was arrested for having an improper relationship with a student. Police were alerted on March 9 that Cottongame was in a sexual relationship with a former DISD student.
These recent arrests come as parents across the state raise concerns about sexual predators in their children’s schools.
Last month, a Mansfield ISD special education aide was arrested and charged with the sexual assault of a child younger than 17 years of age. Following the arrest, parents accused the district of failing to notify them of the crime.
Texas Scorecard has reported on dozens of other “bad apples” in the Texas education system who are facing criminal charges for committing sex crimes against students.
One parent-led organization, Texans Wake Up, is tracking recent teacher arrests in an effort to “alert parents to the dangers facing the body of Christ in public (government) schools.”
DISD has yet to respond to a request for comment on Frazier’s arrest.