Texas teacher Sarah Fowlkes, 27, is accused of having improper sexual relations with a student, a minor who was just 17 years old.
Not that it seems to bother her all that much, based on her mug shot:
“Yeah, girl! Way to get that D!” – Sarah to herself above.
We kid, obviously, but one has to wonder how any individual – no matter how photogenic – is in that kind of mood while getting arrested.
For a sex crime, no less. Just bizarre. In any case …
A warrant was issued for her arrest for an alleged improper relationship with the male student, according to CHS Austin affiliate KEYE-TV.
The Lockhart Police Department confirms that Fowlkes is accused of engaging in said conduct with a student at Lockhart High School.
Lockhart Independent School District administrators learned of the alleged romance on March 10, just prior to the school’s spring break.
Authorities said that they determined through a series of interviews that Fowlkes had in fact engaged in sexual contact with the student.
The victim’s name has not been released, as he is underage.
“It shocked me, especially since I used to go here,” River Morgan, a 2016 Lockhart High School graduate, said regarding the scandal.
“I just feel like the teacher should know better than to do that,” Joe Chapa, another 2016 grad, told the Austin station that broke the story.
Parents picking up students at Lockhart High School this week said they were surprised and disappointed, in the understatement of all time.
Some said that the social media age doesn’t help matters.
While it’s not an excuse, the easy online interaction between teachers and students makes it challenging to keep relations professional.
“I feel like it makes it easier for an accidental relationship like that to happen,” Chapa said. “I think maybe there’s not as much of a distance.”
“It should be much more professional.”
Superintendent Susan Bohn emailed Lockhart High School parents on Monday to notify them of Fowlkes’ arrest and suspension, writing:
“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,” Bohn added.
Fowlkes has been with the district since 2014.
According to her bio on the high school’s website, she taught anatomy (Did she ever! Too soon?), physiology and environmental systems.
She previously taught third and fifth grade, but “Fowlkes will not return to the school district” in any capacaity, Bohn said in her statement.
According to reports, Sarah Fowlkes celebrated her birthday along with her husband of four years before turning herself in to the authorities.
Hey, you might as well enjoy it while it lasts, right? Perhaps that explains the carefree, blissful mood in her booking photo above. #BirthdayVibes
She was booked into the Caldwell County Jail.