Grape Creek Teacher Investigated for Alleged Relationship with Student
A first year English teacher at Grape Creek High School in under investigation for having a sexual relationship with a student.
According to Tom Green County Sheriff’s Department reports, an investigation was opened Feb. 12, when Grape Creek High School principal Roger Henderson summoned the sheriff’s department to conduct an investigation into an alleged relationship between teacher Allison Lewallen and a male student.
The school’s assistant principal Carla Barron was concerned about the teacher’s mental wellbeing, the report states.
“Mrs. Lewallen had been having issues lately, which have caused her to cry at the school,” deputy Stewart Potter wrote in the report, attributing this to what Barron told him.
The report said that Barron witnessed Lewallen and the teenage male student walking alone into Lewallen’s classroom. That’s when Barron turned on the intercom and eavesdropped on the conversation.
In the conversation over the intercom, Barron said she heard Lewallen tell the student, that she “did not want it to end this way” multiple times, in between mumbles and sobbing. Barron said she heard both Lewallen and the student crying.
During the conversation, Barron reported, the student asked Lewallen, “so I will be passing?” At the end of the conversation, the report said, Barron overheard the student telling Lewallen that he loved her.
Barron summoned Henderson over to listen to the intercom as well.
Henderson called Lewallen to his office and questioned her on the conversation both principals had overheard. Lewallen denied the conversation and stated that she and the male student are “just friends,” the report states.
According to Henderson’s recollection of the conversation, Lewallen said that the student had called her drunk asking for a ride home from a party, the report states. Both principals told the deputy that the school has a strict policy against teachers exchanging phone numbers or following or “friending” each other on social media sites like Facebook.
Henderson also questioned the student about the relationship. According to the report, the student told the principal that he cared about Mrs. Lewallen but that they were just friends. Henderson pressed, relaying information he overheard over the intercom. Henderson said the student broke down crying and admitted that he and Lewallen did have sexual relations, the report states.
Lewallen was newly married in early 2014. This was her first job after graduating from Angelo State University in May. Until her suspension, she taught English III and Advanced Placement English IV classes.
“In any situation like this, it is sad and tragic,” Tom Green County Chief Deputy Sheriff Dale Pearce said. Pearce said that since the incident is still under investigation, he could not comment further.
The Grape Creek ISD superintendent Barbie McMath did not return multiple calls.