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Hays CISD official fired after allegations of sexual misconduct

Two former students posted on Facebook on Wednesday, alleging sexual misconduct by Communication Specialist David Bowe.
Credit: Hays CISD

HAYS COUNTY, Texas — Hays CISD has fired Communication Specialist David Bowe after two former students posted on Facebook on Wednesday, alleging sexual misconduct.

KVUE reached out to the district, which said it was made aware of the allegations against Bowe not long after they were posted on social media. On Wednesday, the district said he has been placed on administrative leave and an investigation has been launched. The district has also reported the matter to Child Protective Services and will be cooperating with law enforcement.

On Thursday, the district said it terminated the employment of Bowe "for engaging in conduct that falls short of district expectations and communication that demonstrates a lack of professional judgement."

The district said in the role of communication specialist, Bowe was an "at-will employee."

"However, because he holds a teacher certification in Texas, the district will also report this matter to the State Board for Educator Certification for consideration and review," Hays CISD said in a statement. "If any student, past or present, has any information that is pertinent to this case, the district encourages them to report it to the Hays County Sheriff’s Office or their local law enforcement agency."

Read the district's full statement from Wednesday below:

"Hays CISD was made aware of the allegations against Communication Specialist David Bowe on July 8, 2020, not long after they were posted on social media. He was immediately placed on administrative leave and the district launched an investigation. The district has also reported the matter to Child Protective Services and will be cooperating with law enforcement agencies.

"Hays CISD regards student safety among the most important of its missions. All employees, regardless of position in the district, are subject to the same expectation of the highest standards of professionalism. The district has strict procedures and policy in place to ensure that allegations, such as those made in the matter, are thoroughly investigated and reported to the proper authorities; and that employees are held to account.

"If any student past or present has any information that is pertinent to this case, the district encourages them to report it to their local law enforcement agency."

"According to Hays CISD, Bowe was hired as a teacher at Hays High School in August 1998. He served in that role until January 2017, when he applied for and was hired as the district's communication specialist."

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