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Another day, another teacher sex scandal.
In what is becoming an all to common occurrence, another teacher has been arrested in a sex scandal with a student. Christy Lynn Martin, a St. Petersburg, FL teacher, was arrested over the weekend for texting a 14-year-old student with naked photos of herself. The 32-year-old woman was arrested on Saturday for the charges of transmitting pornographic images through an electronic device and transmitting material harmful to a minor. She was released on a $20,000 bond the next day, and is on administrative leave with pay from Azalea Middle School.
The “relationship”, as the teenager refers to it, was discovered after his mother found the photos on his phone. How the two came to be in contact is unclear as the student is not in any of her classes.
This is the third such scandal so far this year, the first two being Christine McCallum of Boston, MA and the other being Lisa Lavoie of Holyoke, MA. The spring semester of school always seems to be when these stories appear, I guess we should be thankful that it would seem the teachers spend at least the fall semester getting to know the students before they screw them up for life.
Call me old-fashioned if you must, but I am strong believer in that teachers should not be getting sexually interested in their teenage students. As much as it bothers me to say this, perhaps it isn’t such a crazy idea to give them a psych test before hiring them just to save some children from this mentally damaging turn of events. Of course the vast majority of teachers do not participate in these type of acts, but the number of those who do is becoming alarmingly high.
Other teacher sex scandals for 2009