Lockhart High School teacher arrested for improper relationship with student
The Lockhart Police Department says a female teacher at Lockhart High School turned herself in after they issued a warrant for her arrest for an improper relationship with a male student.
Police say Sarah Madden Fowlkes, 27, is suspected of having an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old male student at the school.
According to Lockhart ISD, administrators were told of the report on Friday, March 10, just before spring break.
Interviews determined that the student had been in contact in person and by message with Fowlkes, and that during their encounters Fowlkes engaged in sexual contact with the student.
“It shocked me, especially since I used to go here,” said River Morgan, a 2016 Lockhart High School graduate.
“I just feel like the teacher should know better than to do that,” said Joe Chapa, another 2016 LHS grad.
Parents picking up students at Lockhart High School Monday said they were surprised and disappointed-- some adding that the social media age doesn't help teachers and students keep things professional and LHS grads agree.
“I feel like it makes it easier for an accidental relationship for that to happen,” said Chapa.
“I think maybe there's not as much of a distance as there should be. It should be much more professional,” said Morgan.
Superintendent Susan Bohn emailed Lockhart High School parents on Monday, notifying them of Fowlkes' arrest and suspension.
“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,” said Bohn. “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.”
Lockhart ISD says Fowlkes has been with the district since 2014.
According to Fowlkes' bio on the Lockhart High School website, she taught Anatomy and Physiology and Environmental Systems, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from St. Edward's University.
The biography also states she previously taught third and fifth grade at Plum Creek Elementary in Lockhart ISD.
“Fowlkes will not return to the school district,” said Bohn in a statement.
Fowlkes was booked into the Caldwell County Jail.