A female gym and health teacher in Mason, OH, was indicted on Friday by a grand jury on 16 counts of sexual battery, which is a third-degree felony. She also faces three misdemeanor counts of offenses involving an underage person.
Stacy Schuler, 32, is accused of having sexual contact with students on five different occasions from last August through December. The alleged sex acts were mostly with football players from Mason High School, where she taught, and were said to have occurred off school grounds, according to prosecutors. The indictment says that Schuler also bought alcohol for the teens. She has worked at the high school since 2000.
Schuler is being held in jail on a $50,000 bond. She was placed on a paid administrative leave on Jan. 18th, which is about a week after school administration officials received an anonymous tip about her sexual contact with students. The status of her job and whether Schuler will be suspended without pay or terminated outright will be decided on Tuesday, at which time the school board will hold its next public meeting.
While everyone is innocent until proven guilty, it’s hard to imagine how the school board could possibly justify continuing the employment of a woman who potentially abused her position to the extent that Schuler is accused. As a parent, I am sickened by the idea that children sent to school — no matter if they are older and in high school — could get involved sexually with a teacher, and that she could be responsible for buying them alcohol.
If the accusations prove to be true, this woman should rot in her jail cell, as far as I’m concerned. A teacher exploiting her students is a tremendous violation on so many levels of trust, and unforgivable.