Austin Independent School District leaders met with parents of Burnet Middle School students one day after Principal David Dean was arrested for allegedly trying to solicit an 11-year-old girl for sex.
The meeting, held in the school's cafeteria on Tuesday evening, was closed off to the media. The district named Cassandra Ricks as the interim principal and spoke with parents about social media safety.
"I'm just in total shock. I can't believe this is happening to our community school," said Jill Perez, whose 13-year-old granddaughter goes to Burnet.
Dean, a 10-year employee with Austin ISD, is accused of trying to solicit an 11-year-old girl for sex via text message. Police arrested Dean on Monday, and the Montgomery County District Attorney's office released the affidavit to KVUE on Tuesday.
Conroe police said in the affidavit that the mother of the 11-year-old contacted them in reference to text messages on the mother's phone. Police downloaded the contents of the phone, which the affidavit said showed messages exchanged between Dean and the girl.
Dean stated to police that his phone had been hacked. Dean is on administrative leave with no pay, and has been banned from school grounds. The district is planning another meeting with parents on social media safety next week.