Fifth-grade student takes out restraining order against school teacher who stalked him and sent him 'I love you' texts every day
Vanessa Suarez-Arispe had taught in the Denton school district for decades before this most recent turn of events and was well-regarded amongst former students.
A Texas middle school student had a protective order obtained against his former teacher after she kept sending him texts such as "I love you" on his phone. This past June, a judge signed off on a protective order against Vanessa Suarez-Arispe that mandated she stay away from one of her former fifth-grade students as well as his family.
According to the Denton Record-Chronicle, Arispe started tutoring the unnamed fifth-grade boy after school in September 2017. Once his grades improved, she was informed that her services would no longer be required, but Arispe allegedly continued to contact the pre-teen on his cellphone. She then reportedly drove by to his house during the winter break to drop off food and a birthday card.
The parents later found that Arispe had even brought their son a burner phone. But when they confronted the teacher about it, they were told by her that it was for a class project and that she had obtained permission from the boy's mother. The mother denied any such exchange and the parents then informed school officials about Arispe's contact with the boy, following which the district launched an internal investigation.
It was discovered that Arispe, who taught at Woodrow Wilson Elementary, used to send the boy several texts a day ranging from "Good morning" and "Good night," to even "I love you." The school subsequently informed the Denton Police Department and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and Arispe resigned from her job in February but still kept contact with the fifth-grader.
The family says Arispe stopped by their house in April to drop off Tamales. A few weeks later, the boy was called out of class by another teacher and told to answer the classroom phone, at the other end of which was Arispe. She apparently thanked him for "not throwing her under the bus" and asked him to meet her, but the pre-teen declined and informed school administrators instead. After that incident, he was no longer allowed to leave campus without a staff escort and was moved to a new school district this year.
The repeated offenses meant the family worked with attorneys from Denton County Friends of the Family to put the protective order in place. Donna Bloom, the agency’s director of legal services, said the case was referred to them after the police refused to file charges against the teacher.
The Denton Record-Chronicle reports that Arispe taught in the district for decades and was held in high regard by most, even winning her campus's Teacher of the Year award in 2016. More than 100 of her former students even hosted a reunion in Denton to honor her, though public opinion has now shifted considerably. Coincidentally, her obsession with the fifth-grader began just months after her husband, Danny Arispe, committed suicide in their Denton home in March 2017.
Parents recently raised concerns about the teacher opening an outside tutoring business called 'Arispe Can Help.' Arispe has not commented on the investigation or the protective order against her.