HS Coach Accused of Inappropriate Relationship


Grand Prairie High School | Image by NBC DFW

A high school football coach in Grand Prairie has resigned after having an alleged inappropriate relationship with a student, reported NBC DFW.

Kenrick Burns, 28, was reportedly arrested on Wednesday and is being held on a $50,000 bond. The suspect is being investigated in relation to a charge of having had an allegedly inappropriate relationship between an educator and a student, which is a second-degree felony.

Grand Prairie Independent School District said that it was notified on December 4 by local police that Burns, a coach and teacher, was accused of having a relationship with an 18-year-old student.

Burns was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, Grand Prairie ISD said.

“I want parents to know that we do not tolerate any form of inappropriate communication or contact between a teacher and a student,” Linda Ellis, Grand Prairie ISD superintendent, said. “We will always act swiftly to make sure concerns are properly investigated and appropriate action is taken to ensure our students’ safety.”

The Grand Prairie website no longer lists him as one of its coaches. However, he was previously identified on the website as a football coach and co-offensive coordinator.

Burns has not been on campus since December 2, according to Grand Prairie ISD. The district said the allegations against Burns were reported, as per requirements, to the Texas Education Agency.

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