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BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex

Rowan 10 Oct 08 - 10:11 PM
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Greg B 10 Oct 08 - 11:33 AM
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meself 10 Oct 08 - 10:09 AM
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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: Rowan
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 10:11 PM

If the boss of a private firm, in the UK, has consensual sex with the 16 year old office junior it is not a sex offense ["offence" where I come from.]

Well,
It is fairly simple: if you have sex with someone who does not consent or who (for any reason) CANNOT consent in a clear-headed fashion, you're human offal.

And, by implication,
In an employer-employee relationship there is a power imbalance that I'd have thought would prevent the junior in the office from giving "informed consent" (as it's called in other contexts). If the consent is not "informed" (and thus "proper") it's not really "consent" and the sex is not consensual.I

In which case,
There is an argument that, should the boss of a private firm, in the UK, have sex (with a flawed definition of "consensual") with the 16 year old office junior it should be categorised as a sex offence - and s/he should be prosecuted - and have their name added to the sex offenders register.

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 03:54 PM

Greg B: I have to disgree with your statement "because
it is a sex offense to use your position of power and authority
over a minor to have sex with him". If the boss of a private firm, in the UK, has consensual sex with the 16 year old office junior it is not a sex offense - and he will not be prosecuted - or have his name added to the sex offenders register.
   The whole teacher/pupil sex thing should/must be judged case by case.


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: meself
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 12:37 PM

Well said.


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: Greg B
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 11:33 AM

Having spent a good part of the last ten years of my life dealing
with the fall-out which occurs when a member of the clergy becomes
sexual with a child or a vulnerable adult I have a particular
perspective on it.

And it is fairly simple: if you have sex with someone who does
not consent or who (for any reason) CANNOT consent in a clear-
headed fashion, you're human offal.

And yes, the teacher does belong on the sex-offenders list because
it is a sex offense to use your position of power and authority
over a minor to have sex with him. Or her.

We need to get away from the idea, too, that somehow this is an
appropriate initiation for a young man into "the ways of the
world." The emotional toll can be awful, just awful. It is very
likely that the teacher's more mature, intense feelings are
somehow mirrored in the young man. The risk is that he will
spend the years in which he should be developing himself and
getting an education dealing with the misplaced feelings of
some older woman who has issues of her own; those then get
dumped into his life before he's anything like prepared to
deal with them.


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: mauvepink
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 10:46 AM

"Also that the reason there was no age of consent for girl / girl sex was that Queen Victoria didn't believe that two girls would do such a thing?"...

but also the law considered that sex cannot take place without a penis being involved. Men looked at lesbian sex as aberrant and just needing the 'right man'. Sex could not take place without a penis thus male/male sex was just that while women (sapphos, fricatrices and tribades) have been associated with having a medical problem, cerebral anomoly, congential inverts, criminal, insane and allsorts. It goes way beyond Queen Victoria. Freud of course MADE it an illness as a perversion following his forebares back to ancient Greece. It scared men as it took them out of the sphere of control over women. But I digress ;-)

Could it be that the law as it stands on Teachers and pupils (and anyone in a position of authority over the children) is also there to protect the teachers too from later lawsuits, accusations of abuse, etc? Also, it could be levied that said teacher has given more favourable results in tests and work because they are having sex with said pupil. I think the system has to be seen to be above manipulation and coersion from all sides.

The idea of boys fantasising over a female teacher, does seem more acceptable to most if that teacher seduces the boy. What possible harm could be being done? The boy is lucky. But is he if the person was abusing trust? But generally that would be sex for him so a lucky boy he must be.

But girls have a tendency to get deeper emotional crushes on their male teachers that goes beyond just sex and into actual love (and I accept that some boys will love their female teachers too). It is a recipe made for disater if acted upon in the most instances. Everyone could maybe quote a success but most people know the potential is high for much emotional damage on all sides maybe.

And what of the boy falls in love with male teacher: Girl falls in love with female teacher (and vice versa) scenarios?

No. I think we need protection for all involved and the best way is to have a single rule on this occasion that takes the ambiguity out of it. After all the Teachers are supposed to be the adults and 'know better'. If their hearts get involved then woe betide but it has to be accepted as going with the territory of the position.

It must be very hard for many pupils and teachers to not get involved at some higher level so the state makes a line that is clear.

mp


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: meself
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 10:09 AM

My concern was that it sounded as if you were a little uncertain that you had the right school inspector in mind, in which case another school inspector might have been smeared - sorry if I underestimated you!


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: folk1e
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 05:59 AM

CHRIS WOODHEAD is the correct name!
I was not entirely sure about his first name, but the other facts about his profession (which was the pertinent point) would have identified him to most people, were correct!
Maybe I should consult the great oracle (Google) more often


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 09 Oct 08 - 06:45 AM

We've had a sad story related on Aussie TV.

An aboriginal 22 yr old guy contracted a traditional wedding with a 15 year old - with parent's blessing under traditional aboriginal law, and the girl was 'consenting' - I put tha in quotes, because that is where Little Fascist Johnny's "Intervention" went off the track. By those who cam in from outside the NT imposing "white man's law" (as the guy's mother put it) and it appears that they had no 'cultural sensitization training', it resulted in large numbers of police running around, jailing and otherwise harassing people, and and otherwise 'exercising their authority', it eventually resulted in the guy suiciding. Indeed many in the local community are disgusted, and the police are saying nothing because the Coroner is about to bring in a verdict.

It would appear that this was the first time that police 'white men' interfered in such traditional marriage contracts in the Northern Terrority.


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: meself
Date: 08 Oct 08 - 08:52 PM

In such a context, should you be specifying a name which you merely "think" is correct?


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: folk1e
Date: 08 Oct 08 - 07:55 PM

I think that as least as much harm is done by the perpetuation of the myth that sex is only to be undertaken by a couple who want to spend the rest of their lives together and is always euphoric, as by the occasional teacher / pupil dalliance!

I must say that I also believe that the abuse of power is not treated seriously enough!
An ex-school inspector (chris woodhead(I think))shacked up with a 16 year old pupil he had been professionally involved with! Result .... nothing!

BTW How many people realize that the age of consent in UK was formulated to prevent 13year old girls being forced into prostitution?
Also that the reason there was no age of consent for girl / girl sex was that Queen Victoria didn't believe that two girls would do such a thing? ....... there has been no such omission in the age for male/male sex!


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: bubblyrat
Date: 08 Oct 08 - 02:33 PM

Perhaps if some serious thought was to be given toward educating the 16 year-old girls in these scenarios, rather than CONSTANTLY blaming the male teachers, we might get somewhere.Or we could ensure that, in future,ALL male teachers should be happily-married 70 year-olds ??


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 08 Oct 08 - 10:59 AM

"Backwoodsman: Had you said Telecaster I'd be right with you."

Hey Peace, I said I was just a teeenage lad! When I grew up and got my first Fender, guess what - it was a Tele! What a great guitar that li'l puppy was! :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 08 Oct 08 - 08:36 AM

The basic minimum a parent should be entitled to expect from a teacher is that he or she doesn't screw the kids, or indeed lay plans to do that at a later date. (All school inspectors take note of that last point!)

You can't always do your job a teacher. You find yourself in all kinds of terrible schools working in terrible departments - often with no more than stick of chalk to defend yourself with.

However you are not there to find romance or sexual fulfilment - that simple. Noli tangere!


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: Rowan
Date: 08 Oct 08 - 01:02 AM

Many years ago I knew a male student teacher who was in his final year before qualifying as an art teacher and on a studentship; the terms of the studentship required him to teach wherever he was posted by the (State govt) Education Dept. He would have been about 22 at the time and was engaged to a 17 year old girl (?) who was to be an art student in her final high school year at Altona (let's say) High School. At the time, the same age of consent rules applied as given by someone above, ie 16, so their engagement was legitimate.

Anticipating a problem for himself, his fiancee, the principal and the responsible bureaucrats in Head Office if he were posted as an art teacher to the school where his fiancee was an art student, he put in the application for position that he be posted to any school in Victoria except Altona High.

Guess where the bureaucrats posted him? You got it in one! And despite appeals, that's where he was posted to teach. It was most difficult for all concerned.

A couple of asides come to mind.

I've been fortunate enough to be successful in my attempts to restrain any lingering feelings of attraction to students under my care and have even been successfully scrupulous in avoiding attachments to uni students who, although not under my care, were still at the same institution that employed me. But I've also tried to encourage adolescents to learn to understand their own emotional development. On those occasions (thankfully rare) where those emotions were directed to me, it was a difficult tightrope to traverse, but I was lucky enough to be able to keep them at a professional distance while providing them with some understanding of how to deal with such emotions. Taking the safe but coldly distance path seems inadequate when you're a good teacher in a position to teach well.

The other consideration is a lexicography one, posed by the situation where a teacher is sexually involved with their student. In Oz in the early 60s there was a famous case where a philosophy professor was sacked, officially (but not really) because he was sexually involved with one of his students. This hit the newspapers at around the same time that Sammy Davis Jr's marriage to someone who was "white" was being discussed in the same newspapers. "Miscegenation" was the term used to described a racially-mixed marriage and was, at the time, verboten in many US states.

There was a similar term used to describe a sexual relationship between teacher and pupil but, for the life of me, I can't recall it. I remember asking about it on Mudcat, quite some time ago, and someone kindly posted an answer. But I can't remember the term and thus search for it. I blame it on "senior moments" but perhaps someone can remind me.

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: michaelr
Date: 08 Oct 08 - 01:01 AM

Shiiiit... that 66 Tele looks like it's never been out of the case. A virgin for sure. What a waste!


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: meself
Date: 08 Oct 08 - 12:55 AM

Now here's what I call a 'come hither' look.


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: M.Ted
Date: 08 Oct 08 - 12:38 AM

If you think it's all about young girls infatuated with male teachers, then you've forgotten Mary Kay Letourneau.


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: meself
Date: 08 Oct 08 - 12:33 AM

She's a sexy one, too ...


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: Peace
Date: 08 Oct 08 - 12:00 AM

Backwoodsman: Had you said Telecaster I'd be right with you.


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: meself
Date: 07 Oct 08 - 11:49 PM

Well - the Fender Stratocaster DOES have a womanly figure, now doesn't it?


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 07 Oct 08 - 11:43 PM

"As a teenaged boy, I spent about as much time fantasizing about female teachers as I do now about (shudder) Sarah Palin: none."

As a teenage boy, I didn't have any female teachers - it was an all-male (pupils and teachers alike) establishment. I spent my time being beaten by (male) teachers, and fantasising about Fender Stratocasters.


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: meself
Date: 07 Oct 08 - 06:07 PM

"meself, you must have missed out on having the right kind of teachers."

Probably - with my luck. However, I do think that that sort of fascination with (certain of) one's teachers is more of a female than male phenomenon. Probably due to the (im)maturity differential between the sexes in those years ...


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: Bee
Date: 07 Oct 08 - 10:13 AM

meself, you must have missed out on having the right kind of teachers. We had a French teacher, likely around twenty-one years old, whose presence in the classroom is partly responsible for the really poor French skills of half the class, because none of the girls could concentrate on the lesson. He was a real stunner, dark gold hair, strong features, nicely tanned, neatly built, and his hobby was boxing, so he was very muscular. He likely informed the midnight dreams of a couple hundred teenage girls.

But that's as far as any of us would have cared to take it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: meself
Date: 07 Oct 08 - 10:02 AM

As a teenaged boy, I spent about as much time fantasizing about female teachers as I do now about (shudder) Sarah Palin: none.

I must confess though: as a teenaged boy, I spent an inordinate amount of time fantasizing about teenaged girls - sorry, women.


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: Bee
Date: 07 Oct 08 - 08:34 AM

That's just confusing fantasy with reality. Teens fantasize, and girls spend as much time fantasizing about male teachers as boys do about female teachers.

Taking it any further is just not on, same as any exaggerated fantasy one might have.


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: GUEST,Andy Kim
Date: 07 Oct 08 - 04:29 AM

Sarah Palin strecthing at the blackboard exposing stocking tops. One shake of the head and her hair falls down.

Doubt any pupil or member here would say no to the stick or lines !


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 07 Oct 08 - 04:17 AM

That's not even remotely funny.


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: michaelr
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 10:42 PM

Jeez, where have you guys been? Everybody knows that a male teacher shagging a female student is a crime, but a female teacher shagging a male student is HOT!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: Bee
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 06:28 PM

However, cutting to the chase, would somebody please explain what damage would be done , and to whom, by a 16 year old boy shagging a 22 year old female teacher (using appropriate precautions, natch)

You don't need to explain the damage done by a 22 year old male teacher shagging a 16 year old girl ...
- Murray

I don't think there would be as much of a difference, boy or girl (other than pregnancy risk, but that goes both ways too), as you seem to suppose. There certainly would be some sixteen year olds not harmed at all, and of course, a lot would depend on the teacher's personality.

Most teens that age, though, can still be pretty uncertain about themselves, exploring relationships, sexuality, dealing with self esteem problems, and so on. Throwing a mature authority figure into the mix doesn't strike me as a good idea, not to mention, what 22 year old is so attracted to a sixteen year old student that they take such risks? Smart enough to be a teacher but not smart enough to hold off until the kid's at least out of school?

And what is the teen's motivation? Are they really attracted, 'in love', or are they feeling intimidated about it, going along because they don't want to be rejected or even treated punitively by the teacher?

Too many risks, IMO, to be encouraged in any way.


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 04:55 PM

I too find that post very strange , Richard, I have no idea what you mean by it.

However, cutting to the chase, would somebody please explain what damage would be done , and to whom, by a 16 year old boy shagging a 22 year old female teacher (using appropriate precautions, natch)

You don't need to explain the damage done by a 22 year old male teacher shagging a 16 year old girl ...


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 03:01 PM

That is an abysmal remark Richard, whoever you refer to.


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 02:45 PM

Mind you, I have reservations about a bloke who would shag a vegetable on legs.


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: Bee
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 10:38 AM

Sixteen to eighteen year olds often appear to be more sophistcated and emotionally together than they actually are, IMO. Sure, a sixteen year old can have a serious crush on a teacher or employer, combined with raging hormones, but the 'crush' may be seriously complicated by the 'authority' part of the equation.

Had a friend in highschool, she got pregnant at sixteen by her teacher from her previous school, listened to all the BS he filled her with, moved in with him, things went downhill fast from there. Wrecked her life, really; she never got back on her feet.

I could be wrong, but I don't think she'd have just trusted and followed a boy her own age, a peer. She'd have seen him as clearly an equal, equally likely to be wrong. The addition of authority to such relationships is what sinks the boat on the participants being equally able to make informed choices. IMO.


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: Grab
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 09:24 AM

Nigel, I suspect there are a lot of girls who'd have crushes on a 22-year-old male teacher (or older, for that matter). It's not a one-way street.

I don't actually see that there's anything wrong with this if both sides are consensual, but there's *so* much scope for coercion that it's massively unprofessional. If you really need to have a relationship with someone you're teaching, then you stop teaching them. In many larger schools it'd be perfectly possible to move the kid to a different class, or for the teacher to swap with another teacher.

Nigel, your point is a completely different one, which is whether men are encouraged (or "allowed" by society) to do particular jobs. Or even if they know those jobs exist - a couple of years ago I went for physio at Addenbrookes (one of the larger hospitals in Britain), and you wouldn't need both hands to count the male physio graduates over the last 30 years against over a thousand female graduates. Nor has there ever, in Britain, been any effort to attract men to childcare. The other way round, my engineering course had 5 women against 75 men, and there is *major* funding going into improving this ratio. I completely agree that this is unjust, and it makes me very angry.

But in this case, there actually *is* sexual equality going on - an older woman doing this is held responsible under the same laws that you'd more usually expect to be guarding against predatory older men.

Graham.


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: Rapparee
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 09:23 AM

We run police background checks on every new hire and every potential volunteer, regardless of where they will work in the Library.

We've had some folks back out of volunteering when they find this out....


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 09:04 AM

I worked in Childcare for 30yrs... ten of which were with a group of teenage girls.. which could number up to 42 in total. I was the youngest and the most attractive of the males in the establishment (sorry, not bragging but it was a fact) and many of the girls had a crush on me at one time or another. Although there were girls who I found attractive physically, I would never have abused my position, as a parent substitute, (In Loco Parentis) to indulge any desires I might have... simply because it was against the law and not 'the done thing' morally in any case. However, as I said, I found some of the girls attractive and therein lies the problem... for SOME men. There are some men who are sexual opportunists and will take chances just to gratify their lusts with any woman who is the least bit willing and including for some... women or girls of any age.... Each person who works with underage children in the UK has to undergo Police and background checks... but sadly these checks don't prove a persons character or reveal their inner desires so the problem of 'Adult, child' relationships will rear its head occasionally.
On a personal level, I see no problem with an 18 yr old and a 24 yr old having a relationship but if there are legal reasons why they should not... THEN THEY SHOULD NOT!!!!!
Best wishes, Mike.


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: Bee
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 08:30 AM

Nigel Parsons, while I understand there is some kneejerk idiocy about men caring for young children, here the main reason there's a long tradition of few men in childcare has always been payscale. The very large daycare where I worked for almost 25 years made continued efforts to hire male caregivers, since a lot of the children had no dad and we felt more male role models would be a good thing. We never managed to get men that we hired (with two exceptions) to stay very long. The work was too intense and the pay was too low. If a man was smart enough to work with kids, there was always a job with much better pay that he could take, in construction or elsewhere.


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: catspaw49
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 08:01 AM

Nice to know there is a junior auxillary in The International Cougar Club.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: Jean(eanjay)
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 07:59 AM

If a doctor who is in charge of vulnerable patients, eg a psychiatrist, has sex with a patient (even if that patient is older than 18) then the doctor can be charged with rape.


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 07:51 AM

Hell, those hash cakes must have been strong. Back in the 60s and 70s we used to do a bit of puff because the breathalysers then could not detect it. No-one pranged it as a result.


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 07:35 AM

There's a programme on ITV1, in the UK, tonight at 8pm called "To Sir with Love" which will look into this subject. BTW, the lad involved in the case that started this discussion is claiming that he has been taked advantage of. I bet there's a civil lawsuit pending!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: Paul Burke
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 07:25 AM

Here's where a pupil tried to give the teachers a treat, but made a hash of it.

Should the girl have been prosecuted? Someone could have driven and crashed as a result.


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: The Villan
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 07:19 AM

But does that state that they go on the sex offenders list?


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: jonm
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 06:15 AM

Villan, it is not illegal for a teacher in the UK to have sex with ANY person between the ages of 16 and 18, only with those for whom they are in a responsible position (i.e. at their educational institution) and that is also stipulated in their contract of employment.


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 05:01 AM

Did anyone see that prog the Ester Ranzen (sp?) did on TV the other day? It concentrated on the issues of teachers and adults in general being overly worried by child protection laws.

It used examples such as the young girl who suffered dreadful sunburn because the teachers could not apply sun cream to her. Worst of all it showed two young actors (7 and 9 year olds) in a shopping mall, acting lost. Something like 1000 people ignored them with a tiny minority going to their aid.

Everyone accepts that the most vunerable in our society do need protecting from sexual predators, but we do need to temper this with some sense. Draconian laws, meant to protect children, are not putting them in more harm in many other ways. Sad.

Dave


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: Acorn4
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 04:49 AM

There are two issues here, one the question of age of consent, then other of being in a professional relationship.

The doctor/patient scenario is another that can cause problems and this doesn't necessarily relate to age - a patient would normally , I would think,change practice if a relationship develops.


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: The Villan
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 04:09 AM

>>while men who cared for children had questionable motives<<

What an insult to the majority of men. The majority of men are not like that. Its the few once again, who get everybody branded the same.

I wonder how many teachers in the UK, know that it is illegal to have sex with anybody under 18?


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 03:53 AM

I'm not getting at Richard here, just using his example!

It seems there may be double standards at work within the male perception.

Oh, all you blokes - think back to when you were say from 12 to 17. You'd have given your right arm to have a pretty female schoolteacher jump your bones. Too many po-faced gits have formulated our laws.

If a boy has sex with a (female) teacher he's a 'lucky sod', and the teacher was generous with her affections.
If a girl has sex with a (male) teacher then she is automatically assumed to have been corrupted & the teacher is a 'dirty old man'

Recently Jeremy Vine (Radio 2) did his lunchtime discussion/phone in on the subject of why there are so few men employed as nursery teachers, or even as primary school teachers. The general mood seemed to be that women who cared for children had the maternal instinct, while men who cared for children had questionable motives.


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: s&r
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 02:41 AM

I believe that the law should impose responsibilities over and above the norm for people in charge of young people. Up to sixteen there is an opportunity for predatory adults to groom children,, then on the sixteenth birthday reap the harvest.


Stu


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Subject: RE: BS: Teacher/Pupil Sex
From: Rapparee
Date: 05 Oct 08 - 10:25 PM

Exactly, Peace.


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