Teachers and students dating stories
Teachers and students dating stories - future of internet dating
A 14-year-old student in Florida wrote his cellphone number on a classroom chalkboard because he wanted a classmate he liked to call him.
In Pennsylvania, a 33-year-old teacher approached a 17-year-old student at a school dance and began flirting with him, police said.
The married teacher then sent the student sexual text messages and photos, along with a video of herself performing lewd acts, according to news reports.
The relationship escalated, and the teacher pleaded guilty last month to institutional sexual assault.
Unfortunately, these kinds of stories are becoming more common across the country.
In 2014 alone, there were 781 reported cases of teachers and other school employees accused or convicted of sexual relationships with students.
My firm, Drive West Communications, has been tracking news reports of sexual misconduct by educators for more than a year.
Every week has brought news of 15 young people, on average, who were sexually victimized by the educators entrusted with protecting them.
That’s an abhorrent rate and a trend that deserves far more attention from school leaders and policy makers.
In Texas, home to the largest number of teacher sexual misconduct cases in the country, investigations into alleged inappropriate teacher-student relationships has grown 27 percent over the past three years, to 179.
Kentucky schools reported more than 45 sexual relationships between teachers and students in 2011, up from 25 just a year earlier.
And a surge has been reported in Alabama, where the state investigated 31 cases during the year ending July 2013, nearly triple the number it had investigated just four years earlier. In those roles, I would hear about teachers who became sexually involved with students – but at that time, those cases seemed rare.
That data confirmed the disturbing shift I have witnessed while working in education. Since then, two things have become popular and had a massive effect on the prevalence of sexual misconduct in schools: social media and text messaging.