Teachers’ Sexual Thrills Fail Students In The Classroom

By Gloria Christie on March 20, 2015

I taught in an inner-city high school for two years. It was a sabbatical from my work as a consultant. I chose ninth graders because I wanted to be able to shape their entry to high school learning. It had been 20 years since I got my teaching certificate, and man, had schools changed!

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There was the teacher who used my room for one class. His students told me he spent the hour talking about having sex with a prostitute. They were disgusted. If you knew him, you would know it was true. I felt like scrubbing down the walls.

A substitute teacher showed porn in her classes for a week before she was caught. I noticed in all of these situations that the students were far more moral than those who were supposed to be teaching them.

We had a young male teacher who hit on his female students, but no one could ever seem to catch him. The students solved the problem themselves. Not one girl enrolled in his class.

I asked some of the really excellent teachers about the situation and spoke to administrators, but it seems the culture was too ingrained for them to change – if they even cared enough to do so.

When teachers have sex with their students, they take advantage of kids in an especially vile manner. It is bad because in order to learn students must make themselves receptive, open, and vulnerable. That is exactly when predators attack.

Alabama wins number one in the teacher-student sex category, the U.S. Department of Education’s report tells us.

“It’s shocking,” said one former department official. “We’re seeing way too many sexual predators in our classrooms.”

It is deplorable when we hear about Jennifer Marie Perry, a married 27-year-old ninth grade English teacher in Odenville, La. Police reported this week that she was arrested for pleasuring a 17-year-old student in a car near school grounds.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that Perry,

“…is booked with having sexual contact with a 17-year-old student at Pinson Valley High School near Birmingham. The teacher and the student allegedly met a few miles away from campus in a parking lot and engaged in a consensual sex act inside a vehicle, authorities said.”

Former teacher Perry resigned and turned herself over to the police. She was arrested on March 13 and released from county jail on bond. She will never teach again.

We don’t know if she taught in an inner-city high school or not. Regardless, a sexually-charged education environment is a despicable situation. We owe our kids better. Far better.

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About Gloria Christie

Gloria Christie founded Gloria Christie Reports, a common sense column about liberal politics. She wrote for Addictinginfo.org, the Kansas City Star, Where High Technology Meets Politics for London’s IDG-Connect Blog and The Best Times. Her total readership is over 5 million. Christie has an MS in radio-TV-film and an MPA in business/government relations. She was a systemic problems consulting expert for Fortune 100/500 businesses here and off-shore. Christie invented and implemented the first computerized patient chart. She also worked on Howard Dean’s, John Kerry’s, and Barak Obama’s presidential campaigns. She is particularly interested in liberal politics, high-tech, complex systems, and change. Like her Facebook page, visit her website, and follow her on Twitter. Click here to buy Gloria Christie a hot cup of Mocha Coffee.