December 6, 2012
I am writing to inform you that Hewitt Police recently arrested Midway ISD employee John Gates, a fourth grade teacher at Hewitt Elementary, based on allegations from a non-school matter.
A release from the Hewitt Police Department specifically says, “The allegations occurred outside the scope of John Gates employment with the District and did not involve any students under his supervision.”
Although this is not a school-related incident, the district has been fully cooperative with police and other authorities in the on-going investigation of allegations against Mr. Gates. The safety of our children is of the utmost priority, and the district will do everything we can to protect the well-being of Midway students. Due to the nature of the allegations, Mr. Gates has not been in the classroom since October 9.
If you have any questions about the ongoing investigation, please contact the City of Hewitt Police Department. Thank you for your support of Midway ISD, Hewitt Elementary School, and our students.
George Kazanas, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools