Meredith Powell, a 24 year old math teacher has confessed to raping two student boys as well as sending sexualized pictures of herself to another.
The Tacoma, Washington teacher’s shocking admittance comes as charges are being levied against her for performing sex acts with a multitude students, one as young as 15, inside her locked classroom. The teacher is also accused of sending inappropriate images of herself in a bathtub, as well as engaging in sex acts with two other students.
That said, despite her confession, the math teacher at Lincoln High pleaded not guilty on Friday to two of counts of child rape and one count of communication with a minor for immoral purposes for alleged inappropriate conduct with three students, according to The News Tribune.
The acts came to authorities’ attention after Meredith Powell wrote a letter to one of the boy’s girlfriends apologizing for ‘promiscuous’ and ‘unprofessional’ drunken text messages she exchanged with one of the boys.
The teacher would come to be arrested on Thursday and placed on unpaid leave.
Police told Meredith Powell began a relationship with the three students – who are between the ages of 15 and sixteen – in January.
Powell allegedly told police the relationships began when she was intoxicated and sent a text to the students, saying they were ‘hot’, following back-and-forth communication.
Yes kids I’m perspiring too.
The math teacher said she apologized to the students the next morning, as well as sending a letter to one of the defendant’s girlfriends in an attempt to explain what happened.
I know kids, that was the seal of death.
After interviewing the victims, who said they had sexual contact with Powell behind a lock door in her classroom, police again interviewed Powell.
She allegedly admitted to engaging in oral sex with one of the students and other sex acts with another at different times in late January.
She also sent at least one of the victims a Snapchat photo of her in the bathtub.
Interestingly the teacher acknowledged her actions were wrong, and that she now sought to apologize to the student’s parents if she could.
Since her arraignment, the teacher has been released from Pierce County Jail under her own recognizance following her first court appearance.
A ‘Free Powell’ page on Facebook that generated 408 likes by 1 pm Saturday.
One student, Tabitha Maxine, wrote on the page that Powell was an excellent teacher and the allegations were ‘bologna’.
‘Miss Powell is such a caring and amazing math teacher, she has so much patience with those that are struggling to learn and she brings so much life and energy into her classroom with her every day,’
‘I’m absolutely appalled at the audacity of the student who accused her of such a horrible crime.’
Wrote another: I’m almost sure the students involved were not traumatized considering they could have
1. Said no and left.
2. Report it immediately after.
But neither of those happened and it wasn’t even the any of the victims that went forward and reported it, it was the victims girlfriend after getting an apology note from Powell.
Of note Meredith Powell had closed the classroom door behind her. In essence holding the boys captives.
Nevertheless the facebook comment drew this compelling response:
Michelle Hetterle Lindell: She admitted wrongdoing already. Whoever put up this page – you need to do your research on boundary invasion and sexual harassment. It doesn’t matter what the boys *could* have done. It doesn’t matter who reported her actions. She was in a position ofauthority over students – kids! And she crossed the lines. She knew better and she made really bad choices. Trauma response is individual. You have no idea how the consequences of her actions are going to affect the victim(s?) in the future. She’s an embarrassment to the education profession. Another MaryKay LaTerneau.
What do you think kids? Did Meredith Powell cross the boundary and does it really matter that the boys involved didn’t report the incident? Does that make it any less wrong or forgivable? And what is it about female teachers who like to use their authority and position of power of minors? Is that to suggest there might be some lack of self in Ms Powell or just a series of exasperating relationships with other men where she felt disempowered. Or to put it another way, had she been a 24 year old male math teacher performing oral sex on 3 female students would we all be rushing to like the Free Powell page?
It is understood Meredith Powell first began teaching in Tacoma in 2012.