Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Horny Teachers 1, Parents and Students 0?

A Washington appeals court ruled that Washington state law does not bar teachers from having consensual sex with students.

Read the article here at the Seattle Times.

Granted, they are talking about students that are at least 18 years old.

Granted, specific rules for the state's teachers clearly states that they may not make sexual advances toward their pupils, not matter how old they might be.

The problem I have with this is although sex with a person that is of age is not technically illegal, it is most certainly highly unethical and probably should be illegal.

However, on the other hand this goes back to that whole legislating morality thing that I have often commented against.

This ruling was made in response to an appeal by former teacher Matthew Hirschfelder who was charged with sexual misconduct with a minor. According to the article, several teachers have been prosecuted for having sex with 18 year old students.

What do you folks think?

4 comments:

  1. Stupid Blogger ate my first comment! ARGH!

    Should the sentence with "although sex with a person that is of age is not technically legal" say illegal instead of legal?

    I think that a teacher having any type of sexual relations with a student is unethical and immoral, but if the student is 18 or over it is not illegal nor should it be. Those are two legal adults and if the decide together to make a really bad decision then so be it. They get to live with the consequences of their decisions and actions.

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  2. Personally this strikes me as very very similar to a supervisor and employee situation, so my gut reaction is to recommend drawing up similar laws as those that govern sexual harassment in the workplace. The teacher occupies a unique position of leadership over the student that I find leaves them dangerously open to exploitation. Their grade is handed out by the teacher.

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  3. So-- it was a pupil in the teacher's class or just a student at the school? Fine line, but interesting distinction. Personally, two adults + consensual sex = no one's business!

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  4. good catch Dave.

    i have corrected my typo. thanks! :)

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