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What’s Wrong with the Teachers?

Wednesday, November 23, 2005, 19:35 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

Yet another school teacher has been caught having sex with young students. This one is Debra Lafave, 25, a remedial reading teacher at a middle school in Temple Terrace, Florida.

A 14-year-old boy told investigators he had sex with Lafave three times in four days in June 2004, according to court documents. One of those times was in a car while his 15-year-old cousin drove them around, he told authorities.

He also said she performed oral sex on him multiple times, including once at her home, the documents said.

The case is faintly reminiscent of that of Mary Kay Letourneau, the teacher from Washington State convicted and jailed for having multiple sexual encounters with a 13-year-old student when she was 34.

It is probably impossible to know just how prevalent teacher-student sex is, since the cases that come to light don’t necessarily get national media attention. But like the problem of pedophile priests, it suggests inadequate screening of candidates whose work puts them in frequent contact with kids. And like the church, the teaching profession has to accept responsibility for what has happened within its ranks.

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