Erin McLean Fired From Teaching Gig

By: Nick Bona
By: Nick Bona

Nashville (WVLT) - A developing story, we first told you about at 1. More trouble tonight for a former east tennessee student teacher involved in a bizarre love triangle.

Erin McLean has lost a teaching job in middle tennessee amid claims of inappropriate contact with another teenage boy.
Only on WVLT - Mike McCarthy has the details.

The new school brought a new face to Pioneer Christian Academy in Nashville.

"The new teacher seemed nice, like she was ready to go for it, just gung-ho," parent Kay Brown said.

But parent Kay Brown didn't know English teacher Erin Meyers' past.

"Just absolutely floored," Brown said.

That's because Erin Meyers is really Erin McLean. She's the former West High School student teacher accused of having an affair with her former student, 18-year-old Sean Powell.

"There are allegations now of very similar circumstances by her. She was after a 17-year-old---I repeat a 17-year-old," attorney Bruce Poston said.

Poston is her husband, Eric's, defense attorney. Eric's charged with killing Powell in March. Thursday, Poston spoke with the Nashville family who says Erin's allegedly had inappropriate contact with their son.

"I talked with the mother and she's so upset---how could this person get a job?" Poston said.

"She wasn't forthcoming in what was on her resume, that sort of thing." said Jeff Darnell, the Pioneer Christian Academy's headmaster.

Meyers is McLean's maiden name.

"There was a lot of phone calls going to a particular student," Darnell said.

Officials say more than 20 phones in three to four hours Saturday Night.

"The calls were coming from a motel room where she was at," Poston said.

After the school learned about McLean's past and the calls, they fired her Wednesday.

"This woman's a predator. She can't help it," Poston said.

But Poston says her actions will help Eric's defense.

"The loveless marriage theory. The I just fell in love theory that's gone," Poston said.

Also gone, Poston says, her credibility.

"We're not talking about actions anymore. We're talking about your truthfulness when you testify," Poston said.

Parents just worry what she planned to do.

"Was she leading to something new and repeating a pattern? A dangerous pattern?" Brown said.

A question the courts will answer.

Erin also applied to work at Metro Nashville Public Schools using her married name. She didn't get the job.

Erin's attorney says Erin made a lapse in judgment, and the whole thing has been blown out of proportion.

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  • by Lisa Location: Indiana on Jan 21, 2010 at 01:27 PM
    scarlett--sorry for your loss. murder is never ok
  • by Scarlett on Dec 4, 2009 at 11:45 AM
    If Eric would have inform me of Sean having an affair w/Erin I would done anything to keep Sean away, but you have to understand Eric was wanting us to rent his family property for $625/month and acting like he was Sean's friend & a teenager - this occurred Feb. 7, 2007 by a phone conversation Eric had w/us. Sean said here talk to my friend, Eric, and Eric was wanting money so if we had rented the house would Sean still be alive? Eric even called Sean & apologize for telling him to leave & said he could come over. The door was opened wide for Sean by Eric - why? Erin was sixteen & Eric was nineteen when Erin moved into Eric's parents house & Eric got Erin pregnant - they shouldn't pulled Sean in their messed up marriage.
  • by Terry Location: NJ on Nov 22, 2009 at 04:36 PM
    I wouldn't want her near any kids. This woman never grew up; I'm glad Eric got the kids.
  • by lyn Location: PA on Nov 19, 2009 at 07:11 PM
    what a shame scarlett didn't put as much energy in finding out what her son was thinking/doing as she does trying to blame poor Eric. Know your teenagers!!!
  • by Scarlett on Oct 28, 2009 at 04:56 PM
    When Eric was arrested the police asked if he had been arrested before and had his rights read and he claimed yes and waived his rights- it was on a large screen, but no one looked at the evidence. They only saw Eric playing the victim. The truth is hard to find when you can have an aggravated assault removed from your record - remove the drugs from the house - disregard the medical examiner testimony - remove the conversation Eric had with his parents - and cover the truth with a bunch a half-truths and outrageous lies.
  • by scarlett on Oct 28, 2009 at 04:55 PM
    I believe Crabtree felt he could get Eric to tell the truth regarding an arrest made when Erin was pregnant with their second child with the questions regarding Eric throwing Erin across a table, but the aggravated assault was taken off his record in 2004 so it couldn't be brought out in the court room. Crabtree didn't inform me of the aggravated assault, but I found out in June 2009.
  • by Scarlett on Oct 27, 2009 at 03:09 PM
    We were right there w/Sean through Corner Stone treatment, but Erin talked him into leaving, and Eric and Erin was pulling Sean into their lives. Eric stated on the stand he knew how much we loved Sean, but failed to tell us of the affair and murdered Sean-period.
  • by Scarlett on Oct 27, 2009 at 03:05 PM
    Eric tried to get us to rent a house for Sean & spoke to us like a teenager & Erin was a part-time student @ Pellissippi under her maiden name. Eric and Erin were acting like teenagers not a married couple w/children. I thought Erin Myers was 19 or 20 not his teacher. Apparently, they wanted to keep things a secret, but Eric murdered Sean - period & got away with it.
  • by Susie on Oct 25, 2009 at 10:41 PM
    I feel horrible a mother lost her son, but at the same time, where was she when her son was having troubles? Apparently Sean's mom didn't do a very good job maintaining a close relatinship with him. Sean knew what he was getting himself into when he got involved with that no good piece of garbage Erin, and mom did nothing. I don't care if he was 18. If he lived under mom's roof, then she should have had done a better job as a mother. Eric did his time and let him go on with his life. If Erin and Sean weren't irresponsible, none of this would have happened.
  • by scarlett Location: knoxville on Sep 18, 2009 at 03:48 PM
    There was no evidence Sean grabbed the rifle this was stated by the medical examiner. Eric continues to make up lies to gain sympathy. Sean only had a car available to him eighteen days prior to his death. Eric and Erin was providing Sean transportation and controlling the situation not the other way around. The book is called seven minutes in hell, but there were only 4 minutes & 32 seconds between the two calls. My son, Sean was used and exploited in life and now he is being used and exploited in death. Martha Rose Woodward listened to two liars and put words on paper, but the truth will not be found in her book only more lies. The book will only bring more pain to our family and friends. I hope people will not waste their money on this book, but use their hard earn money on something rewarding and positive or donate the $10 to your favorite charity.


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