The latest KABOOM occurred when I read this report about Felicia Smith, a Houston 40-something middle school sexual predator masquerading as a teacher, who gave a a male student a lap dance in class, in front of his classmates, for his birthday.
I’m not going to reprint the details here; there are not levels of inappropriate lap dances for pre-teens. The teacher is under arrest; that’s not enough. A school that vets its teachers this negligently is a menace; a profession that allows a practitioner with such wretched judgement and such vile proclivities in its ranks is innately untrustworthy and an ugly sham. And a society that entrusts its vulnerable young to a system so corrupt and inept that this could occur is irresponsible.
One young maniac attacks a school in New Town, and a national movement of fear is launched to remove a Constitutional right. Teachers sexually assault students nearly every day. What are schools doing about it? What are teacher unions and the education profession doing to protect potential victims? Where is the oversight? Does anyone believe that until she turned into a middle school stripper, Smith never demonstrated any suspicious tendencies? She just awoke one morning and decided that this was the day to give a child a lap dance? I don’t.
I nearly experienced a second KABOOM when I read the cheerful account of Smith’s crime in the Daily Caller. The author, “education editor” Eric Owens, has been flagged here before for his sick appreciation of teacher-on-child sexual predation. It’s all so hilariously titillating, in Owens’ view, when grade school education becomes a carnal exercise and children are turned into sexual playthings. Here was his snickering version of the Smith assault, in part:
Prosecutors in Houston, Texas charged a middle school teacher because she gave a full-on lap dance to a boy for his birthday in front of an entire class of no-doubt impressed preteens.The teacher, Felicia Smith, staged the lap dance in her classroom at Stovall Middle School on February 26, reports local CBS affiliate KHOU. When police interviewed the unnamed student, he said Smith, 42, had seductively placed a school chair in front of the classroom after the tardy bell rang…Once the kid sat down, the fortysomething teacher gave him what was perhaps his first full-contact lap dance. According to a police report, Smith did the thing where she turned around and swiveled her butt on the middle school student. She rubbed her hands all over his body. She also got down on her knees and stuck her head between the boy’s legs. It’s not clear if the kid enjoyed the lap dance. However, he admitted that he did slap Smith’s ass a couple times. The incident lasted a little over three-and-a-half minutes — presumably the duration of the song that was playing. It’s not clear which song was chosen for the special occasion…
Creeps like Eric Owens, in the media, on school boards, and receiving ties on Father’s Day, enable the casual tolerance of a system that fails to protect our kids from teachers who see their students as sexual conquests. I’m tired of reading these stories; I comment on a tiny percentage of them. I wonder when educators will tire themselves sufficiently to take responsible steps to clean up their untrustworthy, unprofessional, profession.