Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The Whistle Ain’t The Only Thing That Blows

A teenage girl at a Florida high school was recently suspended for reporting to her principal a rumor that a female teacher was having sex with a special education student. The accusation turned out to be true; the teacher was arrested and has since posted bail. Oops!

To me this story illustrates the need to protect whistleblowers, whether they are a high school student, a member of the press, military or government employee. Sadly, related legislation is currently being stalled by a Republicant member of Congress.

So much for protecting the victim and punishing the guilty, eh?

This incident also brings up a pet issue of mine, and that is the light treatment female sexual predators get in comparison to their male counterparts. I recently watched an episode of South Park that summed up our society's reaction to this phenomenon as I see it: When told of an inappropriate relationship between a female teacher and a young male student, the police not only don’t pursue the case but express envy. When the teacher ultimately has to publicly admit what she’d done, she blames it on alcoholism, and the public quickly forgives her.

As for the principal who didn’t listen, my suggested penalty is suspension without pay. What could be more appropriate?

8 comments:

Jack K. said...

Sounds like a plan to me.

Aunty Belle said...

Well, Bawgs, Honey, you and me been over this one afore--we agrees! --a female predator is first a predator, "female" is merely an adjective.

Pete Bogs said...

there were two young victims in this story - the male student and the whistleblower... hope their faith in adults/authority can be regained...

she said...

i know. i remember with the debra lafavre or whoever case all the men would see her on TV and be like "lucky kid!" 'cept...it's gross. some people become teachers just to exercise control over little minds (we talked about this before) and er...nevermind.

Pete Bogs said...

she - the MK Latourneau case is what first opened my eyes to this... Barbara Walters had her on her show for God's sake... Lafave is the one I blogged extensively about last year... she got house arrest... oh, the pain! the pain!

LeftLeaningLady said...

If it makes you feel any better, I have a cousin (2nd cousin, or something) who is in jail somewhere up north (as she should be) she is 25, the boy was 14. I don't know all the details, although it is my understanding that he went to his parents after she turned up preggars!

It is foul and disgusting and illegal and there should be no envy, but some people are nuts!

LeftLeaningLady said...

And, yes, all whistleblowers should be protected. They are protecting us in some way, so we should return the favor!

Pete Bogs said...

LLL - welcome back, you old married lady!