Texas law teachers dating students

Under a Texas law passed three years ago, teachers who have sex with their students may be convicted of a felony and sent to prison for The boy in question was 18.

Amy Mc Elhenney, age 25, was arrested on May 25 for allegedly having sex with one of her male students at Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas.

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Lockhart ISD said Sarah Fowlkes, who has worked for LISD since October 2014, was arrested Monday afternoon after an investigation.

Teachers have power over students, which undercuts the notion that consent can be given freely; we control their lives, which means it's not fair to the individual student, or to the other students in the class; it's an abuse of the teacher's power, and compromises both the real and perceived fairness of that student's grades and of any overall curve in the class. Obviously, the younger the student, the worse the injury, but abuse of power is about power, not age.

Besides, for purposes of their relationships with teachers, high school seniors, even if they are 18, are still kids, as the legislature clearly concluded, and prosecutors are not free to second guess them. Because there I was, all by myself, in arguing that Mc Elhenney should be subject to felony charges.

She said at the time that she was uncomfortable with the idea of criminalizing sexual acts between two consenting adults.

“I feel differently about seventeen-year-olds than I do about eighteen-year-olds,” Giddings said at the time.


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