Earlier today, journalism guru Jim Romenesko tweeted that a columnist had admitted that he had written a article called 'Why Teachers Have Sex With Their Students' because he thought it would get a lot of pageviews. And he was no doubt right about that. I was certainly curious about the answer to that question, so I clicked on the link. And as I did so, I also thought, "How refreshing--a journalist who actually cares about writing stuff that people want to read. Maybe we should hire him.
The column was indeed titled "Why Teachers Have Sex With Their Students" or something close , but then in the first sentence the writer announced that the column was not actually about that topic at all--that he had just titled it that because he thought that would make people read it. And then he went off on one of those snooty sermons about how pedestrian and base Internet readers are for clicking on stories about topics like "Why Teachers Have Sex With Their Students.
But, still, hoping to learn why teachers have sex with their students I'm a parent, and as much as I never even want to contemplate this topic, I also don't want to be in denial about it , I pressed on until the end. Only to find that the bastard didn't even answer the question! So I had to answer the question myself.
According to the first couple of articles no, this was not exhaustive research , here are some common reasons teachers have sex with their students: In perhaps the most famous case of a teacher having sex and kids with her student, year-old wife and mother Mary Kay Letourneau was thrown in the slammer for the "child rape" of a year old student named Vili Fualaau. Letourneau was let out after 6 months, whereupon she was found in a car having sex with Vili again. Letourneau was sent back to prison for many years.
When she got out, she married Vili, with whom, by that point, she had had two kids. According to an article on Oprah's site , sometimes teachers who have sex with their students are at a difficult place in their lives: Again, according to Oprah's site: These teachers have a poor concept of boundaries, so they don't recognize when they've crossed the line into inappropriate behavior, says Shoop.
Even as police handcuffed her, Debra Lafave, the year-old Florida teacher who had sex with a year-old student, admitted in an interview that she didn't feel she'd committed a crime—"I was thinking of [myself] as a young girl who just got caught with her boyfriend.
Many learned to get their emotional needs—for love, attention, approval—met through sexual behavior. More time for unsupervised contact, thanks to both parents working. Folks who hang out together unsupervised are apparently more likely to have sex. Now, all of these reasons and theories, of course, seek to explain the more socially acceptable form of teachers having sex with students, which is women teachers having sex with post-pubescent male students, some of whom apparently consider the experience their "lucky day.