In an age where it seems like we hear about a teacher having sex with a student somewhere at least once a month – and that’s male and female teachers too – it’s come to the point where one state has said enough is enough and is determined to stop it happening. They plan on doing this by forcing new teachers to take training courses on avoiding sexual activity with students.
The training would require teachers to spend an hour learning about sexual relations and other kinds of inappropriate behaviour between a student and a teacher. This includes sections on sexual or romantic contact, social media interactions, interactions outside the classroom and the use of corporal punishment and physical restraints in classrooms. Specific.
The bill has been proposed by Alabama senator Cam Ward (pictured below) and although the Education Policy Committee has approved it, Ward has said that he won’t push it through, following a backlash on Twitter. He still hopes and believes that it can find its way into the law fairly soon though.
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Ward faced stiff criticism for the bill, and tried to defend himself by saying the following:
I’ve never tried to make my teachers look bad. My child is in public school & I support my teachers.
To be honest I don’t think he is either – if anything he’s trying to help them and get them to not make the same mistakes that thousands of them already have. Although it should be obvious to teachers that they shouldn’t have sex with students or hit them up on Twitter etc, but unfortunately it isn’t and as stupid as it sounds, attending these courses might actually help them avoid making such stupid mistakes in the future.
Maybe with this training incidents like when this teacher’s sex session with a student ended up on a porn site might be avoided. It doesn’t look like it’s going to happen anytime soon though unfortunately. It’s sad that there even has be a debate about this of course, but that is the state of the world these days and that is sadly that.