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Teacher Got Too Close to Student

I’m all for sex education at school, but high school teacher Marla Gurecki-Haskins reportedly took sex ed too far. The 37-year-old teacher is accused of engaging in sexual activity with a male student in a classroom during school hours and propositioning two other students, according to CBS News.

Gurecki-Haskins also sent sexually explicit text messages and e-mails to two 16-year-old male students, according to court papers.

“She put every child in that school in danger,” said Rosaline Kline, a former substitute aide at Canandaigua Academy. “Maybe they should leave all the doors open so teachers can’t be alone with children.”

Last month, the school placed Gurecki-Haskins on administrative leave after they were notified of a potential sexual relationship between the teacher and a male student. The school also notified police of the allegations.

Gurecki-Haskins, who has taught special education at Canandaigua Academy, a small school in Western New York since 1995, turned herself in on Monday.

The teacher pleaded not guilty to a felony count of disseminating indecent material to a minor and three misdemeanor counts of official misconduct and endangering the welfare of a child. But officials say more charges could be filed.

This is far from the first time that a teacher has been accused of sexual misconduct with a student. Does the name Mary Kay Letourneau ring a bell?

An AP study in 2007 found that sexual misconduct runs rampant at schools around the country. Between 2001 and 2005, 2,570 educators had their teaching credentials revoked, denied, surrendered or sanctioned following allegations of sexual misconduct.

A 2004 Congress-mandated report estimated that as many as 4.5 million students, out of roughly 50 million in American schools, are subject to sexual misconduct  by a school employee.

How should schools prevent this sort of thing from happening?

Photo: CBS/WROC

Article Posted 8 years Ago

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