Can a teacher go to jail for dating a student
But don't tell that to some of my friends on the panel last night of Fox's "On the Record," where I was all alone with host Greta van Susteren in being willing to enforce the law against a 25- year old former beauty contest participant who had sex with one of her students. As Representative Warren Chisum, who proposed the amendment dropping the age limit explained, "If they're a student, I just think they're off bounds regardless of their age.
It's a particularly easy question where the state, in this case Texas, has passed a simple and straightforward law that makes it a crime, without regard to the age or gender of the student. But when the bill came to the floor of the house, it was amended, and the age provision was dropped.
The criminal case is ongoing, according to court records.
“Students can be really afraid of what the results of that could be, and that’s just not fair to them,” she said.
Some legal experts worry that the proposed law could cast too wide a net, however.
Mary Anne Franks, a University of Miami law professor who teaches criminal and First Amendment law, raised similar concerns.
She said the proposed law does not appear to be constitutional given a 2003 Supreme Court ruling that criminalizing private, intimate activity between consenting adults violates liberty and privacy rights guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.
The suit alleges that the school district failed to protect students from creative writing teacher Jason Edward Meyers despite numerous red flags, including a report from a schools police officer who saw Meyers leaning over a student in a “very personal” and “intimate” fashion in a school hallway, and an anonymous email sent to the principal at Dr. Krop High School, where Meyers taught, alleging that a creative writing teacher was having sex with students.