Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Teachers, Children and Sex
--Jamie Floyd, Court TV Anchor

Today we have the latest in the Lafave mess -- as in Debra Lafave, the Tampa teacher charged in 2005 with lewd and lascivious battery on a child after she performed oral sex on a 14- year-old student and had intercourse with the boy several times in a single month.

Today she is back in court owing to a conversation she allegedly had with a minor, in violation of her probation. This alleged victim is a female, however, a co-worker at Lafave's new place of employment, a Tampa restaurant.

The behavior may be different this time around, but our fascination with Lafave is the same. The media loves Lafave, and we loved Mary Kay Letournou before that. I've thought a lot about this and why. And I think it goes back to the fantasies of boyhood. I mean think about it: Whenever an adult man (or even not-so-adult boy -- e.g., Genarlow Wilson) has sex with a girl, the outrage is manifest, on cable and elsewhere, about said pedophile.

But let it be a pretty blond woman seduce a teenage boy and the reaction is entirely different. In the community, sympathy not outrage. In court, a slap on the wrist not prison. And on TV my colleagues, most of the men at least, are singing a very different tune: Hot For Teacher.
Posted By CNN: 9:12 AM ET
  4 Comments
Jamie,
I totally agree with you! I think there is a double standard when it comes to cases that involve women being with boys. I don't see why I mean to me it is just as sick as men being with little girls! They both are pedophiles in my book!

I do think though that Lafave talking to this teenage girl and being thrown in jail was a bit much! Why was she even allowed to work at a restaraunt if she isn't supposed to talk to or be around minors!? That makes no sense to me. It seems as if someone is just nit picking trying to get her in trouble over nothing.

Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Blogger Cindy : 9:38 AM ET
I remember a teacher in my high school, years back and she was very "popular". Word in the halls was that the male students could get really good grades if they were nice to teacher. Everyone laughed it off. Was it true? I don't know, she had bad breath and I didn't want to find out.
Posted By Anonymous Kevin : 11:31 AM ET
The double standard certainly exists, but it also seems that a less attractive woman would probably get a harsher punishment than LaFave received were she to do the same thing. Looks trump practically everything, unfortunately.
Posted By Anonymous Fay, Vacaville, CA : 11:46 AM ET
At my High School, the band teacher had slept with one of his students. Well to be honest he had slept with more than one, but he got caught with her because she had gotten pregnant. The school fired him and I heard that he teaches at another school now, because her family didn’t press charges. It always amazed me that the school and the police didn’t press charges either, that this man got away with doing this to so many young girls.
This school was rated as one of the best schools in California at the time, so I get why the school didn’t broadcast what was going on, why they brushed it away. Eventually this same girl was sent to the local continuation school, even though she did have good grades, it was where they sent all the girls that had gotten pregnant, the girls didn’t have a choice. If a student had the ability to make the school seem below standard they were sent away, and their parents were told it was for the students good. Times have definitely changed in the past ten years, so maybe in another ten years the women will be punished the way the men are now being punished.
Posted By Blogger Renee : 2:26 PM ET
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