Famed High School Hit With 5th Teacher Sex Allegation
Teacher at 'Friday Night Lights' school commits suicide
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 8, 2014 11:27 AM CDT
A sign celebrating Permian High School's football team.   (Flickr/rarr.)

(Newser) – Until recently, Permian High School was known mostly for football—it's the basis for Friday Night Lights. But that might be changing thanks to a slew of scandals, including one that ended in suicide last night. Police found longtime government teacher and assistant girls golf coach Mark Lampman dead in an open field, just hours after they'd announced a criminal investigation against him, the Odessa American reports. The 47-year-old appeared to have shot himself. Lampman had resigned Tuesday amidst allegations of a sexual relationship with a student—something that's become disturbingly familiar at Permian.

Lampman was the fifth teacher to resign amidst such allegations in the past year, the New York Daily News reports. The last one came just a week ago, when physical education teacher Alisha Carrasco Knighten, 25, went on paid leave over an alleged relationship. "You begin to look at it and say, 'Is there a pattern here?'" the superintendent told CBS 7 at the time. "I've talked to teachers, and I will continue to tell them, 'This is crazy folks! You can't do this!'"

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May 10, 2014 5:19 PM CDT
Emotional content is patterned into the school walls. Time to demolish and rebuild.
May 10, 2014 11:07 AM CDT
If I understand correctly, the perps in these cases are both men and women. Good to see the sexes getting together in crime, even under such lurid circumstances. Women with hot pants have had a free ride far too long. This is the only way they will ever get equal pay.
May 9, 2014 1:00 PM CDT
If only all teachers that are found guilty of this atrocity, would shoot and kill themselves!