MCKINNEY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – An assistant principal at a North Texas middle school was arrested after being accused of sexually abusing a student, police said Wednesday.
McKinney police said Kirby Glynn Smith, 50, was charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child after a boy reported the man to authorities. Smith was booked into jail on a $500,000 bond.READ MORE: 1 Injured, At Least 24 Units Destroyed After Fire At Fort Worth Apartment Complex
According to police, the alleged incident happened while Smith was a sixth-grade teacher at Cockrill Middle School in McKinney ISD. He is currently an assistant principal at Van Alstyne Middle School.
Van Alstyne ISD released a statement about the arrest of one of its employees that read in part: “It is with a saddened heart we acknowledge that the Van Alstyne ISD administration received a report from the McKinney Police Department that an employee was arrested and charged with sex abuse of a child. Van Alstyne ISD is fully cooperating with law enforcement in the Collin County investigation… We believe our number one priority is maintaining the safety and security of our students.”READ MORE: 'This Is Beyond Bullying': Justice Sought For Plano ISD Boy Allegedly Abused By Haggard Middle School Students
The district also said Smith is currently on administrative leave as the investigation continues.
McKinney ISD made a statement about its former employee. “We were deeply disturbed and saddened by the news that a former teacher in our district may be involved in the abuse of a child. We believe our number one priority is maintaining the safety and security of our students,” the district said.”MORE NEWS: Data Shows 66% Drop In Risk Of Contracting COVID-19 In Dallas County
According to McKinney ISD, Smith also previously taught fifth grade at Wilmeth Elementary School. He left the district in 2018 to become an assistant principal.