Since her daughter's story broke, Powers said she received more than 5,000 emails from all over the county, many from parents worried that their own children may be in a similar situation.Teacher having affairs with students over 18 are illegal in 23 states, including Texas, North Carolina, Ohio, Connecticut and Kansas, according to Olsen.In some states, it is a felony offense that forbids affairs between them at the same school, regardless of age.Olsen's bill is one of several measures Republicans are proposing to make it easier for school districts to fire and punish educators who engage in criminal behavior."We know for a fact that pedophiles are predators, and they groom their victims long before they victimize them," he said.There's no way to know how often these teacher-student relationships develop.
Hooker and Powers could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
The question is really, and only, “Is it ethical for teachers to have romantic relationships with students?
” The answer is, has been, and forever shall be, “No.” The answer to an ethics question sometimes becomes obvious when it is apparent that every argument on one side is either a logical fallacy, an unethical rationalization, or the application of an invalid ethics principle.
One of the measures would strip convicted felons of their state pensions, a bill inspired by the recent case of a former Los Angeles teacher charged with 23 counts of lewd acts against children.
Olsen, who has three children of her own, said teachers need to face harsher punishments when they violate the community's trust by seducing their students.