Merely a few days after a 50-year old male teacher disappeared with his 15 year old female student, a similar case has come forward, though with not such a huge age gap. Sarah Madden Fowlkes, who taught at Lockhart High School is said to have sexual relationship with her 17-year old student.
A report in the Chron quoted the officials of the Lockhart Police Department as saying that Sarah Madden Fowlkes who is a teacher at Lockhart High School turned herself in when an arrest warrant was issued in her name.
The 27-year old schoolteacher is accused of having illegal physical relationship with her 17-year-old male pupil.
Authorities claim that the female teacher and the student were in regular contact “by message” and in person.
Superintendent Susan Bohn in a statement released to the media said “On behalf of the district and Board of Trustees, I want to assure parents we do not tolerate this kind of behavior and are fully cooperating with law enforcement and CPS. We will always take swift action to make sure concerns are properly investigated and actions taken to ensure student safety…I also want to thank the LPD for their steady and unwavering support of our school district and commitment to the safety of our students and staff.”
Susan Bohn further said, “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.”
Police claim that more than a week ago, they received a report from a school administrator at Lockhart High School about a possible inappropriate relationship between a student and a teacher. Lockhart Independent School District said that they immediately removed the teacher after learning about the affair. The statement went on to add that before the start of spring break, district officials contacted Child Protective Services as well as the Lockhart Police Department.