When the story broke in the media about Seattle-based schoolteacher Mary Kay LeTourneau and her sexual affair with her former student Villi Fualaau who was 12 at the time. She went as far as to having two children with Fualaau despite violating the terms of her parole when she was sentenced to more than five years in prison for statutory rape and inappropriate conduct with a minor. Today, LeTourneau has since been permanently stripped of her teaching credentials and license and lives a fairly quiet life in Seattle with Villi Fualaau, whom she wed in 2005.
Other cases have cropped up across the country of teachers having inappropriate sexual relations with their students and making national headlines. Yet, does this point out to a problem that needs to be addressed in terms of when teachers are hired because it seems like some who have a past history of inappropriate conduct with students have been able to skirt the system to go undetected until someone checks the records or an incident comes up where it opens up an investigation.
This is where the education system has been tainted by individuals who make it bad for the newcomers who have to be subjected to background checks when they abide by the rules and don’t cross boundaries in terms of student-teacher relationships. There’s a problem when teachers do things such as one from Texas who gave her 15 year old student a lap dance for his birthday and did it when her class encouraged her to do so. This was where the teacher should have drawn the line with the class and nipped the behavior in the bud. That’s the issue with schools they don’t have a system to where it’s REQUIRED for applicants who worked at previous institutions to provide documentation for any infractions or some form of gross misconduct.
If more schools did this there would be less incline to have issues like this having teachers who engage in behavior that isnt appropriate. Had the school system Mary Kay LeTourneau worked instituted a system of checking backgrounds where applicants had to provide information where it states inappropriate conduct with a minor. With many school systems it’s taking a lot of time and money to update the system to where it becomes more effective to check applicants more closely prior to them being hired or denied a job. But a teacher like this one in Texas must have forgotten that she’s in a classroom of education and not the strip club.