With asst. band director's arrest, school officials focus on student safety

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - 58-year-old Al Slatter was arrested by federal agents Tuesday night at his home in Longview.

"Our biggest concern when we first heard this [was] our kids at the district," said Brian Bowman LISD's public information officer.

Slatter worked as an assistant band director at three of Longview's campuses: Foster Middle School, Judson Middle School and Longview High School.

"I think the main thing to think about is the safety of our students," said Bowman.

Slatter had been a contract employee for several years until he was hired as a permanent employee this year.

"I think it's been a lot of shock," said Bowman. "Our band director has know him 19 years."

But the news of Slatter's arrest has LISD officials looking very hard at his contact with children at their schools.

"If there is a student out there or staff member or parent who has any knowledge pertinent to this investigation let the district know," Bowman said.

Administrators say he came in contact with as many as 500 kids every day. He was arrested at his Longview apartment, where federal agents confiscated at least one computer.

"As soon as we found out we did run some checks on the computers we have here in the district and all that has turned out okay," Bowman said.

He had an impressive resume, including being a member of several symphonies, but the district is concerned now with any incidents with their own children.

"I can assure the parents of all students at LISD that this sort of behavior is unacceptable," Bwoman said. "[It] doesn't matter who it is, it will be handled appropriately."

Slatter also worked for Henderson ISD. We checked with them, and they said they had no incidents with Slatter.