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Teachers sliding into the DM’s

Teachers sliding into the DM’s
  • On October 20, 2017

Most people think they would recognize a predator if they passed them in the halls, but I didn’t.

Allyson Moran, 26, was charged with three felony counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, both involving a student under age 18.

Last year, my senior year at Stockbridge High School, she taught chemistry classes and coached the varsity girls’ soccer team.

She didn’t seem predatory. She seemed like a cool teacher; one who almost blends in with the kids. However, she got too friendly and went too far with a boy under 18, a kid in one of her chemistry classes.

First, they talked during class. Then they added each other on Snapchat. Then they flirted on Snapchat. Then, as WILX-TV reported, she told the student her husband was going to be out of town and invited him to her house.

Using forms of social media, such as apps like Snapchat, is apparently becoming a common tool for teachers who wish to get too close with students.

Terry Abbott, a former chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Education, reported in The Washington Post that in 40 percent of reported female teacher sexual misconduct cases, the women used social media to lure students.

This is an issue. While I’m all for good teacher/student engagement, there’s never an appropriate need for a teacher to seek a student out on private social media.

I don’t think enough people take it seriously. I think some people believe there is a difference between an older male teacher crossing a line in person, and a young female teacher crossing the line over social media.

There isn’t. Both are sick enough to consider being sexual with someone significantly younger than them while in a position of power over that person.

Female teachers may not be the stereotype, but it’s time to recognize their potential abuse of power.

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