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I just wanted to clarify my position, Glennb. I didn't think you were
insinuating anything here.  And I agree that this teacher was a failure on so many levels.  That there may be some mental incapacitance is suggested but unclear.  And we may never truly know.  That a person given this type of responsibility can be so glibly defended as having a personality flaw and incapable of curbing her lust is ridiculous and repugnant (to me) at the same time.  She may be in some ways mentally incapacitated, but I doubt it.  We as a society do not wish to see that some people are simply what they are -- especially among our young women.  Especially if they are in a caregiving or caretaking position.  Especially if they are connected to the church.  Some people are simply hedonistic.  Ward may have been one such person... 

posted by saul_relative on February 22, 2008 at 10:55 PM | link to this | reply

Saul Relative,
It was not meant to judge your motive. I too am concerned that this educator was not of stable mind to handle her responsibility to these "children". I was not aware of the Race of either teacher or student and I think it is unimportant. Do our children receive bad advice about how to examine and experience their sexuality?  There is more that failed here than the teacher is my only observation.

posted by Glennb on February 20, 2008 at 2:20 PM | link to this | reply

Points taken, Glennb. I'm not morally outraged at Ward; I'm ethically
disgusted.  I'm not much on moralizing; I leave that for the religious.  I find her actions totally reprehensible on the right/wrong scale of things and I personally believe that people who cloak their irresponsible behavior behind childhood repression and "free spirit"-edness is pathetic.  Sick?  No, I don't think so.  She wanted sex with teenagers; she had sex with teenagers.  Here's one for added emphasis.  Every teen she had sex with was black.  I left that out of the story because I wanted people to have a chance to get the facts without prejudicial thoughts entering into it. But talk about acquiring the forbidden fruit.  A young, white, educated, certified teaching professional, married minister's daughter... Sounds more like rebellion.  "Sheltered" she may have been, and I am not saying those young men were totally innocent, but I do think that calling her sexual escapades a "sickness" is reaching as well. Immoral by almost every standard of morality.  Unethical by most standards of ethics.  A personality disorder?  Hardly...   

posted by saul_relative on February 20, 2008 at 11:25 AM | link to this | reply

Saul Relative,
Great moral condemnation of a person who obviously has a problem! That these students in this age and development are harmed is a reach! In a nation where a president can abuse his powers with abandon I think we need to find a more creative approach to this "fatal attraction" teachers are developing with students! And student are developing with teachers should be considered equally a problem! Nobody seems to be getting it under the present system? 

posted by Glennb on February 20, 2008 at 10:03 AM | link to this | reply

Preaching to the choir, sam. I'm a teacher myself and this type of
story literally pisses me off (especially since I'm working on a masters in pyschology and that Forensic psychologist's testimony seems to be just so much b.s.)...

posted by saul_relative on February 20, 2008 at 8:47 AM | link to this | reply

As a former school administrator I find her actions abominable and the penalty is not severe enough for me. As school personnel; it is an entrusted position not to be abused under any circumstances. sam

posted by sam444 on February 20, 2008 at 6:03 AM | link to this | reply

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