Klein ISD officials have vowed to examine and enhance all safety practices, policies, procedures and training following the arrest of former teacher Kedria Grigsby on charges of child trafficking and compelling prostitution of minors.

Grigsby, a former cosmetology teacher at Klein Cain High School, was charged in April with three counts of compelling prostitution of a minor and three counts of trafficking of a child.

In an April 8 post on Facebook, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said three students were identified as victims in the case.

“The three victims, ages 15, 16 and 17, were students and reported runaways,” Gonzalez said.

During the board’s May 13 meeting, trustees approved a resolution stating KISD leadership will work with district police to:
  • Review policies and procedures regarding student safety
  • Hire personnel to assist in new wellness programs designed to support mental and physical health
  • Provide quarterly employee training sessions and more training prior to the start of school
Klein ISD board President Cathy Arellano spoke about the resolution at the meeting.

“We must redouble our focus on student safety by evaluating our current practices with the most critical eye,” Arellano said.

The backstory

According to an April 9 search warrant authorizing the seizure of Grigsby’s phone, HCSO investigators initially linked Grigsby to the case in November 2022.

KISD officials said they were informed in February 2023 that Grigsby was possibly recruiting young girls to work with her from the school. After reaching out to the sheriff’s office, KISD officials said they were told by the HCSO that Grigsby was not a suspect in the case.

In March 2023, HCSO officials received a completed forensic report detailing the phone activities of a separate individual involved in the case. However, HSCO officials did not complete their review of the forensic report until March 2024, according to the search warrant.

After finding sufficient evidence linking Grigsby to the alleged criminal activity, HSCO officials arrested Grigsby at Klein Cain High School with the assistance of district police on April 8.

What parents should know

In an April 9 statement sent to parents, KISD Superintendent Jenny McGown touched on several safety initiatives already in place for KISD students, including the Bark for Schools app.

“We use Bark for Schools on school-issued devices to monitor everything students are searching for and writing to alert administrators to anything concerning,” McGown said.

Additionally, McGown said the district’s safety reporting tool—which can be found at www.kleinisd.net/keepkleinsafe—allows users to anonymously report safety concerns directly to district police officials.

“We have a responsive, well-trained team on every campus that even makes home visits at all hours of the day and night to ensure every reported concern is addressed quickly,” McGown said.

What they're saying
  • “We must not forget that these are children’s lives that we affect every single day ... whose lives will forever tragically be altered because of illegal actions of a few.”—Chris Todd, KISD trustee
  • “Like many of you, I am heartsick, appalled and angry with what we’ve endured recently as a Klein family. ... I am disgusted by their actions that compromised our trust.”—Jenny McGown, KISD superintendent
What's next

In the statement to parents, McGown also outlined several additional measures the district will take to enhance student safety, including providing enhanced parent workshops on safety issues and calling on elected officials to enact policy requiring law enforcement agencies to notify school districts when an employee is under investigation.

McGown asked parents to speak with their children and contact HCSO officials at 346-286-4646 if they have any additional information.