Melissa Parents Pray For School Year After High-Profile Arrests

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DALLAS -- Monday morning, it was back to the world of yellow buses, backpacks and group hugs for around 200,000 kids across North Texas.

A day that included along first day freshmen jitters from a group of girls we talked to at Booker T. Washington in Dallas.

“We're really excited, but we don't really know what we're doing and stuff, so we're a little nervous but we'll figure it out," a group of girls told NewsFix on the way to school.

But with the recent arrests of teachers accused of having inappropriate relationships with students, it's the parents who are likely to be nervous this school year.

That was especially true at Melissa High School where both the band director and band announcer were arrested last week for alleged sexual misconduct with the same 16-year-old girl.

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Melissa High's band director & announcer arrested, accused of sexual misconduct with a student.

While the band practiced under the direction of a new band leader, there were promises that prayer groups, counselors would be available for students.

"Prayers for healing, prayers for grace, prayers for love," Tyler Ferguson, Director of Youth Ministries at Melissa United Church, said. "Not only for all those that are immediately involved, but for those that continue to have those wounds that may have been re-opened.”

The school can only hope those prayers get answered.

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