of 2010, a student at Henderson High School reported an alleged sexual
assault. HHS administrators contacted
the Henderson Police Department and cooperated with the police and district
attorney on the investigation. After
examining the evidence and conducting interviews, the police and district
attorney investigation concluded with no criminal charges and determined the sexual
conduct to be consensual.
requires that a school district conduct an independent investigation regardless
of whether a criminal investigation concerning the same allegation is
pending. HISD has revised investigation
procedures to meet Title IX requirements and continues to be committed to
providing a safe environment for all of our students. HISD has entered into a resolution agreement with
the Office of Civil Rights and is dedicated to achieving the specified action
The Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Education has found that an East Texas school district has violated title nine-- the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in schools.
In December of 2010, a student at Henderson High School reported that she was sexually assaulted on campus by another student.
The office of civil rights ruled that Henderson ISD discriminated against the student for failing to independently investigate the assault she reported.
The district was also found in violation because the student was sent to a disciplinary program after she reported the assault.
Henderson ISD must now carry out 13 action items designed to ensure no student endures anything like that ever again.
Wednesday, March 5 2014 8:29 AM EST2014-03-05 13:29:40 GMT
Several Smith County fire crews have contained an early morning house fire in Overton. Authorities tell us the fire began around 5:00 Wednesday morning in the 400 block of E. South Street. Arp, OvertonMore >>
Several Smith County fire crews have contained an early morning house fire in Overton.More >>
Wednesday, March 5 2014 12:20 AM EST2014-03-05 05:20:20 GMT
Final results are in for several high-profile elections.In the primary race for State House, District 6 Republican Matt Schaefer defeated challenger Skip Ogle. In the Smith County Judge Republican primary,More >>
Final results are in for several important Smith County elections.More >>
Tuesday, March 4 2014 7:41 PM EST2014-03-05 00:41:37 GMT
A gas leak has forced the polling place at Gary Elementary to close and the building is being evacuated, according to Smith County election officials. This affects voters in Precincts 36, 70 and 80. ThoseMore >>
A gas leak has forced the polling place at Gary Elementary to close.More >>