A male high school teacher in Illinois was “having a relationship” with one of his 17-year-old female students. You might think at this point I would say, “this is why we homeschool,” and normally you would be right.
But then the 17-year-old went missing. When she was found, it was in some woods, some 30 hours after the teacher (who was also a wrestler) had broken her neck and left her in the woods to die. Emergency workers saved the girl’s life, but she is in critical condition in the hospital. Her uncle, however, died from heart failure after hearing that his niece had been victimized so cruelly and then left in woods to die. You can read the whole story here.
In Massachusetts, meanwhile, parents of a second-grade student are suing the school district (Broken link, active May 3, 2006) because the boy’s teacher read the students a fairy tale in which a prince spurns all the available princesses and marries another prince at the end of the book. The parents claim that the teacher violated the parental notification law on human [s-x]uality in the grade school classroom. The school district superintendent denies wrongdoing. Here is his reasoning:
“Lexington District Superintendent Paul Ash and School Committee Chairman Helen Cohen have continued to express full support for the actions of the teacher and the principal at Estabrook Elementary School. Ash has stated publicly that [s-x]ual orientation and homo[s-x]ual relationships do
not constitute “human [s-x]ual issues” as described in the Massachusetts parental notification law, and therefore he has instructed teachers not to give parents any notification on these topics.”
This is why we homeschool.