Grand Prairie Teacher Suspended After Students Do Internet Searches

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GRAND PRAIRIE – An alleged boastful comment in class and a quick internet search has landed a Grand Prairie teacher on leave.

Christopher Durham, a teacher at Grand Prairie Collegiate Institute, reportedly told his sixth grade students to look him up on the internet because he was "famous."

Durham denies telling his students to do this. Durham said he doesn’t even give his students his first name, so there would have been no way for them to have searched him online.

When students searched Durham, they said they found out he had been arrested in 2013 for threatening a judge and his wife's attorneys during a divorce case.

Durham admits he was arrested, but says the charges were false. He claims the case was dismissed, but then later “illegally refiled.”

Durham also reportedly said he was capable of a Sandy Hook-like shooting. He denies ever having said this.

He is supposed to stand trial for the charge in November. He says he will fight to clear his name.

Officials at GPISD say the school conducted a background check and nothing came up against Christopher Durham. He's been placed on paid administrative leave until an investigation is complete.