Yesterday, Big Spring Police Department Detectives arrested 23 year old Ricky James Shubert for Improper Relationship Between Educator and Student, a 2nd Degree Felony. The arrest stems from an investigation by the BSPD Criminal Investigations Division. Mr. Shubert had been employed by the Big Spring Independent School District, but it should be noted that the victim involved in this case was not a student of BSISD, and it should be noted that the Big Spring ISD administration has fully cooperated with this investigation.
According to a statement made by BSISD Superintendent Jay McWilliams, BSISD was made aware of the report against Mr. Shubert yesterday morning, and prior to his arrest the school district received a resignation from Mr. Shubert that was effective immediately. McWilliams also stated that the district has reported the incident to Child Protective Services and to the State Board of Educator Certification noting that BSISD will continue to cooperate with all agencies as needed, and to the fullest extent permitted by law.
McWilliams also went on to state, “Student safety, whether in this District or another, is a paramount concern to Big Spring ISD. The District’s policies concerning improper personal relationships between staff and students are strictly enforced. Employees receive regular training and warnings regarding proper professional relationships with students, and administration encourages anyone with information of a suspected improper relationship to immediately contact the office of the Superintendent or Big Spring Police Department.”