Thursday, November 30, 2006

Holy Crap.

My 15 year old is a sophomore in high school. Last year, she was struggling in her English class, so I had several conversations with her teacher about it through e-mail and phone calls. Her teacher was so great. She came up with ways for my daughter to improve her comprehension while reading at home. She got her to start journaling, and since my daughter had a back injury from volleyball, she even let her take extra breaks and stretch during the three day long standardized testing. She truly went above and beyond the call of duty. She was just so great, and I was grateful to have someone so caring looking over my daughter while she was in school.

Then last week, this happened...

O.C. Teacher Charged With Having Sex With Student

CBS) SANTA ANA, Calif. A Trabuco Hills High School English teacher was charged Tuesday with seven counts of having sex with a male student.

Alyssa Ann Johnson, 31, who is free on $50,000 bail, was charged with three counts each of unlawful sexual intercourse and oral copulation of a minor and one count of sodomy with a person under 18, Orange County District Attorney spokeswoman Farrah Emami said.

Johnson, of Tustin, is scheduled for arraignment on Dec. 21, Emami said. If convicted, Johnson faces up to seven years in prison.

Johnson is accused of having sex on multiple occasions between July 4 and Nov. 14 with a student she met while teaching at Trabuco Hills High School. She was arrested Wednesday at her home by sheriff's investigators, who received word of the allegations through officials at the Mission Viejo school, said sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino.

Johnson has been placed on administrative leave, Amormino said.

The student "took an English class from her," Amormino said, declining to release any additional information that could identify the youth, other than to say that he is "older than 14 and younger than 18."

Johnson, who was booked on suspicion of oral copulation, posted $50,000 bail and was released on Thanksgiving Day, Amormino said.

She had been a teacher at the school for about four years, Amormino said.


Holy crap.

What makes a grown woman not only risk her job, but risk going to jail? Not to mention the welfare of that 16 year old boy. I'm absolutely shocked.

People are weird.

6 comments:

work in progress said...

People are flawed. They're not perfect. They make mistakes. Some mistakes are larger than others and have further reaching consequences, and effect more people than others.

You experienced this woman's humanity and compassion first hand. Try not to forget that when she is being persecuted. The world would be a better place if more people could do just that.

I'm certainly not making excuses for her actions, I simply try in most circumstances to remember that I have made some pretty large mistakes in my days.

Forgiveness is an amazing thing, it is often extremely difficult to offer forth.

kate said...

holy crap is right! how crazy is that? wow. how ironic. and sick, but that's not for me to judge.

Barry said...

I think it is mostly scarey.

Sometimes you never know.

shoppergirl said...

I can never understand that. For some strange reason it happens, but it's wrong. She did sound like a great teacher in the classroom. But she definitely lacked judgement.

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