Germantown Police investigate alleged assault of student by Houston High teacher

GERMANTOWN, Tenn. — Germantown Police said Wednesday they are investigating a Houston High School teacher after he reportedly assaulted a student at the school.

WREG obtained the police report that had most information redacted.

However, it did state the juvenile female, who is a student at Houston, was walking down a narrow hallway at the school with William Rayburn in front of her.

The report stated Rayburn slowed down and pushed her against a wall with his stomach.

The offense allegedly happened March 1, 2017.

"I would not be happy about that at all. I would not want a boy or a girl," said Susan Dodds, who has a grandchild at Houston. "I am happy they're investigating."

Germantown Police said they are coordinating with Department of Children's Services on the investigation.

Rayburn, the school's choir teacher, was suspended recently as the school investigates him for allegedly kissing, touching and making inappropriate comments to students. He is currently suspended without pay.

Until this point, DCS and the school district have been leading the investigation. Germantown Police had not been involved until Wednesday.

Germantown Municipal Schools released a statement, "We take these allegations very seriously and follow a rigorous procedure to investigate and document allegations and protect our students during the time of an investigation.

When there is an accusation of impropriety, our district immediately notifies authorities as was the case with William Rayburn on April 11th, 2018.

Once authorities are informed, the district engages a team of HR investigators who talk with students and parents, current and former, to learn all of the facts. We cannot overstate how thorough and rigorous they are.

In this environment, our schools value the well-being of children over all else, and inappropriate behavior will NOT be permitted.

Our student services department and counseling staff have been mobilized to support any students who have been affected by the suspension and investigation of William Rayburn. The Superintendent is meeting with concerned parents. "