"Trial By Fire" is a movie based on the true story of Texas high-school teacher Lou Ann Hogan. The movie premiered in 1995 as a CBS Sunday night movie of the week. "Trial By Fire" stars Gail O'Grady, Keith Carradine and Michael Bowen. It is directed by Alan Metzger and written by Richard Lawton. The names were changed in the movie. The real events happened in San Antonio.
"Trial By Fire" synopsis/plot
When Paulette Gil, a local high-school teacher, tries to help one of her troubled male students, he takes her gestures the wrong way. After the student commits suicide, his friends come forward with a story that indicats that the student was involved in an ongoing sexual relationship with his teacher, according to The Victoria Advocate.
"Trial By Fire" has themes dealing with court cases, sexual assault and sexual relationships between a teacher and a student.
The true story made headlines in 1988 when a teacher in Texas was accused of having sex with a student, who later committed suicide. According to court records, Lou Ann Hogan had an inappropriate relationship with Chad Cadenhead. However, a jury found the San Antonio teacher not guilty.
You can read more details about the Lou Ann Hogan-Chad Cadenhead case at the "Trial By Fire"movie blog.