The Muleshoe ISD on Friday issued a statement concerning the arrest of a former teacher.  Stephanie Leeann Lowery, 28, was arrested on August 3 for unlawful restraint of a person under the age of 17.  She posted a $1,000 bond and has been released from the Bailey County Jail. 

Until recently she was listed on the MISD website as staff member with Watson Junior High School. It described her as a coach and reading teacher.  

School officials told by phone that Lowery resigned on July 2 but provided no other information in the phone call. 

The following is the statement from Muleshoe ISD: 

Recently, the Muleshoe ISD Administration received information that a Muleshoe ISD employee may have engaged in conduct involving a District student that violated the District’s educator code of ethics and, perhaps, state law.  Pursuant to the District’s customary personnel practices, the employee was immediately placed on administrative leave, an internal investigation was initiated, and reports of the alleged actions were made to appropriate law enforcement authorities and the state’s educator licensing agency.  Muleshoe ISD will cooperate with these state and local authorities to the fullest extent permitted by law, and will coordinate its own investigation with them.  The employee is no longer employed by the District.

State and federal law prohibit the District from disclosing personally identifiable student information, as well as confidential personnel information.  Moreover, since the District’s and law enforcement’s investigations are on-going, the District cannot provide further information on this matter. Once the District’s investigation is complete, the District’s administration will examine the findings and determine what further action(s), if any, are appropriate.   The District takes every allegation of employee misconduct seriously and will take all measures necessary to ensure that its students are educated in a safe and nurturing environment.

The following is a statement from Muleshoe Police Department:

August 3, 2018, former Muleshoe ISD coach, Stephanie Lowery, was arrested and charged with unlawful restraint. We are currently working together with the FBI on the investigation of this case. As it is still active and ongoing, no further information is available at this time.