Prosecutor: Zeeland teacher's actions "concerning", not criminal
In this story, you will see that a teachers activities are scrupulously questioned by authorities. What I found most interesting is two different extreme positions taken by all the readers as to whether or not this man had ulterior motives, should be fired, etc. Check out these two different extremes after you read the story, and tell us what you think? I'm interested to hear what fellow survivors of sexual abuse think of after reading this. The extreme opinions, one of not immediately judging and condemning, the other saying that he crossed a line, are taken from the comments written by readers of the news column. The first comment really gives me pause.
1. One man's opinion of this situation:
Scenario: Johnny falls during recess and scrapes his knee. His teacher, Mary, finds him crying, and gives him a hug to comfort him.
1968 - Johnny soon feels better and goes back to playing.
2008 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces three years in a federal prison. Johnny undergoes five years of court ordered therapy.
I guess, without interviews with the students on this one...
Are the students he tells he loves, perhaps, not receiving the "love" at home??
Remember the days when a coach could "smack a butt" as a player came off the field, court...???
2. And here is the other opinion of the opposite extreme that stands out for me:
Honestly, I don't. I do not "hug" children that age that are not close friends of the family. My husband would NEVER hug one of my daughters friends, NEVER!!! For this very reason. This not the parent of my child's best friend this a teacher. He needs to keep a professional level and I personally feel he crossed that line.
So, what do you guys think?