It seems there is an epidemic of teachers having sex with their students. Every time you turn on the television or open a newspaper there are more sick stories of this occurring. Some teenagers think that this is probably awesome if they happen to have an attractive teacher, but most of the stories we read involve gross, older teachers taking advantage of needy children. Unfortunately, we only hear these stories when one of these people actually gets caught. There are many reasons why these disgusting acts are committed and we’re afraid to say they’ll probably never stop regardless of the media attention these stories generate. Let’s take a look at how this phenomenon perpetuates itself in our nation’s schools:
Teachers are already in control. Teachers are in a position where students are supposed to listen to them. The majority of students, whether they care to do well in school or not, recognize the control a teacher has over a class. This places the teacher in a far different position than high school students’ other love interests: each other. Teachers are not peers of the students which makes this a dangerous two-way street. While students are typically too young (under 18) to be making a legal decision they are drawn to having a sexual relationship with a teacher or someone older. Teachers that are driven to have sex with their students are people that have trouble dealing with their control and something clicks in their heads that it is okay to do whatever they want with their students.
They prey on the vulnerable student. Teachers are in a position on a daily basis to see their students and how they interact with other students. When a preying teacher notices a student with poor self-esteem this student moves to the top of the list. The vulnerable student feels compelled to please the teacher and often won’t admit to what happened out of fear of continued embarrassment.
They’re attracted to them. Some of these stories are just as simple as one person being attracted to another and they don’t fear the consequences because their attraction is too strong. Ridiculous? Of course it is but these people have problems to begin with and if they meet someone they are into then they’re going to act on their impulses. They view these relationships like any others they’ve had in life and refuse to see the harm they’ve done to the student and their families.
This post was contributed by Heather Johnson, who writes on the subject of best online degree. She invites your feedback at heatherjohnson2323 at gmail dot com
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