Friday, June 27, 2008
Helix high school, out towards my neck of the woods, or brush, rather, has had a rash of incidents involving teachers having sex with their students. Now the high school has hired an ethics expert to see what's up, and try to make this stop. This is going to cost the school district $43,000.
One of the teachers, widely admired I have heard, is off to jail, as the student in question was underage at the time of the shenanigans. One poster in the comment section of the UT story opined that the student in question was a well-known hussy, or words to that effect, given to sitting in the laps of teachers, flirting and the like. One can easily imagine how this sort of thing could happen, especially if the man involved was a complete idiot.
I'm all for ethics. But do you really need to spend 40 large to bring in an expert to tell high school teachers not to have sex with their students? What can a consultant possibly add to the message already being sent by the state of California, which is slinging the butt of one of these guys into da big house, where his sex life is likely to be a lot less appealing than anything involving high school bad girls? How about a sign in the faculty lounge that says "Beyond the Pale, Go to Jail!" or something even catchier (but less expensive that $43,000), or "This is Fat Eddy. How'd ya like to be his honey?"
It's not the money that offends me. It's the stupidity. What on earth is this consultant going to say? What is there to say? You can't have sex with your students, O Soccer Coach. That's just kind of it, isn't it? You may want to, but you can't. Go for a run. Kick 500 penalty kicks. Or whatever. Same for you, O lady teacher. (One the offenders is in fact female.) Do we need an ethics consultant to explain why we should not rob banks? "But doctor, there's money in there, and I want it . . . It just seems so wrong!"