A Texas teacher is facing charges for having an inappropriate relationship with one of her students, but she doesn’t seem to bothered by it, at least going by her smiling mugshot.
The Sacramento Bee reports that anatomy teacher, Sarah Madden Fowlkes, is accused of “having an improper relationship” with a student at Lockhart High School in Lockhart, a town around 33 miles south of Austin. On Monday, she was suspended from her position at the school and won’t be returning to the district at all, where she’s worked as a teacher since 2014.
Superintendent of students, Susan K. Bohn, wrote to parents shortly after the incident came to light. Bohn assured them them that they were taking the accusations seriously and that the district places student safety above all else.
“Lockhart parents entrust their children to us every day, and it is something we do not take lightly. Student safety is the district’s most important priority. As soon as we learned of the report, we acted swiftly to involve law enforcement and CPS to conduct a thorough investigation. The district does not and will not tolerate any improper communication or contact between a teacher and child.”
According to Lockhart police, a school administrator called them on March 10 after being alerted of the alleged illegal affair between Fowlkes and a male student at the school. After investigating, authorities claimed that the student, 17, had inappropriate contact with the teacher and exchanged text messages with her. Police wrote that Fowlkes had “sexual content with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of the student.”
Detective Jesse Bell stated that he understood that 17 is close to adulthood, but at the same time, the victim was not only still a minor, but a student at a school that has strict rules that do not tolerate any type of romantic or sexual relationships between teachers and students.
“Seventeen years old is obviously older, but at the same time it doesn’t make anything right” “If the kid is in school, parents trust the school to take care of their kids, so it’s definitely not right — that a teacher in a position of power over a student be able to take advantage of a student.”
The smiling teacher is married. She posted on social media that she was with her husband on her birthday, just a day before she was arrested.
[Feature Photo: Caldwell County Sheriff’s Dept.]