Sexual Predator Teachers: 1) Not Funny 2) Epidemic 3) Now What?

Child rapist teachers! LOL!

Two nights ago, Tonight Show host Jay Leno included in his monologue a joke about Christine McCallum, the Brockton, Mass. teacher convicted of having sex with a 13-year-old boy over 300 times. Jay can make jokes about whatever he wants, but the fact that we are laughing about this kind of conduct by teachers rather than asking hard questions and insisting on some accountability for the schools shows how tolerant our society is of a supposedly essential institution and a once respectable profession that have both fallen into rot and ruin.

In 1996, when Mary Kay LeTourneau was revealed to have made an undereage student her lover and fathered a child by him, it was national news. For me, it was the first I had ever heard of a teacher abusing her power and profession to that extent. This month alone, March 2012, I have counted thirteen such cases making the local news across the country, including McCallum, and I’m sure I missed some. I’m also reasonably sure that for every one of these cases that get prosecuted, many more are covered up or never discovered at all.

So our schools are crawling with sexual predators, and the problem seems to be increasing. Yet the media, so far, has treated all of these frightening—but funny! Right, Jay?—incidents as isolated and aberrational, an approach I am beginning to doubt  is correct. The teaching profession does not seem to have the courage to invite scrutiny of its lack of professional standards and enforcement while it is fighting benefit reductions; the schools do not want to pave the way for successful lawsuits by acting as if they have some responsibility in the matter (which they obviously do); society’s outrage is being inhibited by the ethics corrupters who write in to newspapers cheering on the young boys who are so lucky as to “get some” from their hot teachers, while condemning the “prudes” who object to educators trolling for young sex when they are supposed to be educating; and parents are in denial (though convicted child-abusing teachers have included those who were honored, trusted, and probably abusing kids for years).

If you think about it, shouldn’t we expect to see pedophiles and sexual predators gravitate to the teaching profession? Are schools properly screening for such people? Or have the school administrators absorbed the irresponsible cultural attitudes being pushed on us by the likes of Mary Kay and her now husband, then rape victim, Vili, who have hosted “Hot for Teacher Nights” at a Seattle nightclub?

I think the ethics alarms, not to mention the child-rape alarms and the atrocious educational system alarms need to be ringing a lot more loudly about this.  If they were, I don’t think even Jay would fail to see that teachers having sex with students so frequently is no joking matter. It is an American scandal and tragedy.

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8 responses to “Sexual Predator Teachers: 1) Not Funny 2) Epidemic 3) Now What?

  1. Pedophilia has been taken off the disorder list. Seems like societies everywhere are pushing for sex ed for elementary grades. Who has the clout to shove this down our throats and who in their right minds believe this is acceptable? Also,could it be that more pedophiles are applying for teacher positions?

    • tgt

      Seems like societies everywhere are pushing for sex ed for elementary grades.

      The classes being pushed for are age appropriate, like describing how to deal with bad touching to elementary schoolers.

      Lumping pedophilia together with this is equivocation.

      • A Planned Parenthood sex ed film.
        “THE BLUE DOVE

        The first film is titled THE BLUE DOVE. It is an animated film, so please be aware that what we describe is being done by animated characters, not real people. Since the target audience for this film is six to 12 year old, this use of animation actually increases the offensiveness of the film.

        The film opens with a group of young children playing in the woods. There are two adolescents among the group. The young boy drifts away from the rest of the children. The children finish playing in the woods and all go for a swim in the nearby pond. The boys and girls take off all their clothes and play together in the water. The young girl, aware of her emerging womanhood, is reluctant to remove her clothes and wanders away.

        The young girl sees the boy enter an abandoned house and watches him though a crack in the wall. The boy engages in fantasy play in the basement of the house which has many nude pictures and medieval costumes. The boy removes his clothes and cavorts around the cellar with a helmet and sword. The boy is apparently aroused by the naked pictures and begins fondling a female mannequin and then falls asleep on a bed.

        The girl has been watching all this and, moving for a better view, slips and falls in a small pond. Soaked, she removes her clothing and then begins fondling her breasts. Her face becomes flushed as she explores her body.

        The boy has a dream in which he saves this naked girl from a dragon. He and the girl then engage in sex play culminated by a graphically animated act of sexual intercourse.

        The boy awakes from his dream and leaves the house (still naked) and finds the naked girl playing in the pond. He joins her and the two engage in sexual play as the film ends.”
        “Lumping pedophilia together with this is equivocation.”
        What would you call adult sex with children? I didn’t realize pedophilia was a closely defined term.

  2. Would they praise a male teacher who impregnated his underage female student?

  3. Shelly Stow

    First, the term “pedophilia” does not apply to a sexual attraction to an adolescent but exclusively to a pre-pubescent child.
    Secondly, a “just wondering…” Historically and culturally, sexual connection between adolescents and adults has been around as long as the earth has turned. For many of these centuries and in many places, America included pre-late 20th century, this was not looked upon askance; it was almost exclusively older male, younger female, but it was acceptable. This does not, of course, address the abuse of position inherent in the teacher-student relationship. Now the “just wondering” part. Could it be that we see this so prevalently in the schools because that environment is the primary one in our society in which adults and teenagers are together day after day in close communication and relationships? If, for example, instead of staying in school until reaching the age of majority, our teens went into the workforce at 14 and 15, would be be seeing the same thing between young employees and older supervisors and bosses?

    • Yes, except in professions that adequately and responsibly set and maintain standards that elevate professionalism over selfish and destructive desires.Sexual harassment of attractive women in the workplace is similarly predictable and “natural” if bosses are abusive, self-centered pigs. It’s predictable, but harms the weaker party and undermines the purpose of the relationship and the institution. Except that teacher predators harm both more.

  4. fattymoon

    Every time you write about this subject it hurts me a little more, as I am a retired teacher who now substitutes in elementary and high school environments. For the sake of my chosen profession, I wish someone would do a comparative analysis of sexual predators in the workplace.

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