Thursday, January 15, 2009

Washington Court: Teacher-Student Sex Ruled Okay

(Olympia, Washington) According to a state appeals court, sex between teachers and students who are 18 years old is not prohibited by law.
"Thus, we conclude that the legislative history of [the statute] clarifies that the legislature intended ... to criminalize only sexual misconduct between school employees and 16- and 17-year-old students," wrote Judge Marywave Van Deren in an opinion signed by colleagues Christine Quinn-Brintnall and J. Robin Hunt.
It's not clear whether legislators will write a law which protects all students while in high school. Nothing has been reported yet.

Meanwhile, however, the senior classes of every Washington high school have now become target-rich, albeit minefield-dangerous, teacher-student dating environments.


Casey said...

I just don't understand how this can be ok. Regardless of whether or not someone is of age, it is unethical to be having sexual relationship with a student. Something must be done!

Anonymous said...

I think the teacher still looses there job, but it is not a crime.