Evergreen drama teacher accused of raping high school student

By Tom Vogt, Columbian Science, Military & History Reporter

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A drama teacher at Evergreen High School was arrested Tuesday afternoon for allegedly raping a high school student.

Stephanie Erin McCrea, 35, was arrested without incident on suspicion of four counts of rape of a child, according to Kim Kapp, Vancouver police spokeswoman. McCrea is scheduled to make her first court appearance this morning in Clark County Superior Court.

“Since the victim is a juvenile, information will be limited,”‘ Kapp said.

The Children’s Justice Center is handling the investigation.

According to a letter distributed Tuesday afternoon by Evergreen Public Schools, “Evergreen High School administrators were initially informed about the possibility of unprofessional conduct between McCrea and a student earlier this month. McCrea was immediately placed on administrative leave and the Vancouver Police Department was contacted.

“McCrea has been a teacher at Evergreen High School since 2006. When she was hired, she passed all required background checks,” according to the letter to parents.

Due to the seriousness of the allegations, and the age of the student, the district said, it will only say that the alleged victim is a high school student enrolled in the Evergreen school district.

“At this point, no other students have been identified or come forward with additional information or allegations,” according to the letter, which was signed by Evergreen Principal Lisa Emmerich.

State law (WAC 181-87) “does not permit educators to have personal and/or inappropriate contact with any student,” according to the letter.

As drama teacher, McCrea has been recognized as a director who has guided her students through edgy productions featuring dark themes, including teen alienation and war crimes.

In 2011, Evergreen High’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors” received several honorable mentions in a musical theater competition in Seattle.

According to Emmerich, Evergreen’s principal, “A qualified substitute is in place and, with support from other staff at Evergreen Public Schools, will continue to deliver a high level of learning and engagement to ensure students are gaining skills and experience.

“We understand that students in McCrea’s classes and the outstanding EHS Drama program may be highly impacted by the circumstances and criminal charges against McCrea. We have trained counselors available for any student who needs help dealing with this unfortunate situation,” Emmerich’s letter said.