A Texas high school teacher at has committed suicide after he was accused of having a sexual relationship with a student. The school, which served as the inspiration for the Friday Night Lights franchise, has now seen five teachers accused of inappropriate relations with students in just the last year.
Police say they discovered the body of 47-year-old Mark Lampman in an open field with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Just the day before, Lampan had resigned from his job at Permian High School in Odessa after he was accused of having a relationship with a female student.
Lampman worked at the school for 17 years where he taught government and served as the assistant girls golf coach.
Over the past year, four other teachers have been accused of inappropriate relationships with students. Just last week, assistant softball coach Alisha Carrasco Knighten resigned after she was accused of having sexual contact with a student.
According to the local newspaper, another unidentified teacher resigned earlier this month after similar accusations.
Last year, 28-year-old swimming coach Kathryn Maples resigned and was indicted on three charges over an improper relationship with a student. That June, another 28-year-old trainer, April Collins, resigned after she was accused of having an improper relationship and has been indicted on four counts of sending sexual images and online solicitation.
Both of those teachers face two to 20 years in prison.
The Ector County Independent School District has come under serious scrutiny after all this and have released a statement saying “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.”