It seems like every week, there’s another story in the news about a teacher having sexual contact with a student. Though the circumstances of each case are different, one thing should be clear to us: The young people involved are never at fault.
Just as we have sexual harassment laws to protect employees from inappropriate behavior by employers, we need rules to protect students. And the news from across the country this week confirms this.
The Arkansas Supreme Court recently over-ruled a law prohibiting teachers from having sex with students over 18. With this decision, age once again takes center stage when the more important questions are about the relationship itself.