Quantum Apostrophe: This band director, is it a man? Then hang him in acid on the Moon.
ZurkisPhreek: I don't know if you know this, but there ARE teachers out there who become so important and influential in the lives of their students, mostly because such students are often almost criminally neglected.Such teachers who dare to love a student as if it were their own child, can be the saving grace for what could otherwise become a tragic tale of life.
H31N0US: Alonjar: saw how much she was messaging himHere's the thing: do not give your personal info to Students. No phone numbers, no nothing. If a student starts calling you inappropriately, put a block on the number / user id or whatever.I don't see how this can be so hard.
Alonjar: ZurkisPhreek: I don't know if you know this, but there ARE teachers out there who become so important and influential in the lives of their students, mostly because such students are often almost criminally neglected.Such teachers who dare to love a student as if it were their own child, can be the saving grace for what could otherwise become a tragic tale of life.Unfortunately true. My long time good friend and room mate (at the time) was a teacher and a basketball coach, and I saw first hand how the kids would end up seeking guidance from him and he would practically be a third (more attentive) parent in their life. He was forced to resign because a female student developed a crush on him (this actually happens all the time, its inevitable), and apparently talked too much to him via text message and/or facebook. Some other girls on the team caught wind of the crush, checked her text history, saw how much she was messaging him and told a parent. He never acted inappropriately, or said anything inappropriate.. didnt matter. He was a man talking to a teenage girl. and since he was her coach, he had authority over the kids on away games etc and they felt that compromised him somehow.So.. a random parent made a complaint, and he got the choice... willfully resign for personal reasons and go teach somewhere else, or they'll black ball him and make some kind of formal misconduct paperwork follow him around haunting him for the rest of his life. The girls parents actually showed up at the school and tried to plead for the coach, as the whole family had developed a strong rapport, but it didnt matter. Once a "problem" came across admins desk, not taking action would open them up to future liability problems.Just really sucks, truly awesome guy. He really fell apart over the accusations, there was no way to defend himself.
profplump: Lady J: a male teacher should not develop close friendships with underage female studentsYou're conflating gender and sexual orientation.And bear in mind that "underage female students" may not have a well-developed sense of their own sexual identity, let alone be willing to disclose their orientation in a manner that would allow their teachers to make reasonable decisions about which students must be kept at arm's length.
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