More cougar teachers

Florida Epidemic: Teachers Sleeping with Students

If you’re the parent of a teenage boy in Florida, you probably muttered “Not again” while reading your morning newspaper this week. There on the front page was yet another case of an adult female teacher being arrested for admitting to having had sex with an underage male student. This time the alleged perp was Maria Guzman Hernandez, a 32-year-old instructor at the private Our Lady of Charity school in Hialeah; her victim was 15. But she just as well could have been the 34-year-old Jacksonville public-school science teacher arrested last month for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old student, once in her SUV; the 32-year-old St. Petersburg teacher collared in March for allegedly “sexting” nude pictures of herself to an eighth-grade boy; or the 45-year-old teacher at a private Christian academy in South Daytona who was arrested days before for allegedly having sex with a boy from her class in various Daytona Beach hotels.

One theory for the growing number of cases like these, says Sinacore, is what he calls “the more relaxed if not blurred boundary lines between teachers and students as teachers try to communicate with kids in this day and age.” Today’s kids, as the media have reported recently, are far less shy about innocent physical contact like hugging than their parents were as teens. That can be exploited by any male pervert overseeing a classroom. But it can also embolden predatory female teachers, whom experts say are often in emotionally needy states. “The trend with female offenders, more than males, is that they have emotional turmoil going on in their lives,” says Sinacore.

Dangerous Liaisons

There is no way to know whether more female teachers are having relationships with young male students or whether more are simply being reported. But as these cases make clear, inappropriate teacher-pupil relationships are not rare. According to Charol Shakeshaft, a professor of foundations, leadership and policy studies at Hofstra University, sexual misconduct is the top reason teaching licenses are revoked. “About 10% of kids report that sometime during K to 12, they have been the target of some form of educator sexual misconduct, and about 7% report physical sexual misconduct,” she says. “About one-third of those cases are female teachers to male students.”

Most offenders share traits besides being accomplished, attractive and married. They tend to be socially naive and have a desperate need to be liked by their students, says University of Connecticut psychiatrist Catherine Lewis. That ultimately makes them unable to maintain proper teacher-student boundaries. And because they may lack the emotional maturity to negotiate age-appropriate relationships, being with a young boy feels less threatening to them. “


4 Responses to “More cougar teachers”

  1. Grim Says:

    Another sign that modern women have lost the ability to control themselves?

  2. El Chauvinisto Says:

    Love your work. Here are a few links to a blog that keeps a record of pretty much every atrocious thing women do with children…and just plain ole bad behavior.

    Hope they provide some insight.

  3. silly girl Says:

    Society has lost the will to punish, maybe. If these got 3 years in jail and were barred from working in education, the only job they have training for, it would be a bigger deterrent.

    he, he, my verification word is "mingyna"


  4. SavvyD Says:

    And yet, there have been many stories where the young male has celebrated his interest in or relationship with the older teacher or woman–Weird Science, Van Halen's Hot For Teacher, Dawson's Creek, the Reader, just naming a few…

    Time to do some rethinking about celebrating a young man becoming more experienced sexually by being with an older woman.

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