Modesto Teacher Leaves Wife and Kids to Live With 18 Year Old Former Student, Mom Calls for Scrapping the Constitution to Make Their Relationship Illegal
The title pretty much sums up the salient facts in this case. A 41 year old teacher left his wife and kids to start a new life with an 18 year old. There are a number of things going on here, so I thought I’d deconstruct this case in my usual inimitable style. Or what passes for inimitable I suppose. I’m not even really sure what inimitable means. I suppose I could look it up, but maybe some gentle reader will tell me. Like the famous English author who was seen writing a letter and then tossing it out his window on the sidewalk. His friend said “What in the name of God did you do that for?” And the author said “Someone always sees it laying on the sidewalk and carries it to the mailbox on the corner.” Those were gentler times I am assuming.
OK, back on point. Guys dump their families all the time for younger women. Women no doubt sometimes dump their husbands for younger men. This is life, what’s the big deal? Yeah, he’s her former High School teacher, but still, this isn’t exactly a crime. Nor is it all that unusual, I knew an 18 year old who was sleeping with her former High School soccer coach. I suspect, though I can’t be sure, it’s because her mom went ballistic upon hearing the news, and did everything she could to get media attention to the situation. She even went so far as to get her state assembly representative to propose a law making their relationship a crime. Well, his part in it as yet, not sure if she wanted her daughter jailed. Mom and the representative both missed an important point in this little imbroglio … both parties are consenting adults in the eyes of the law. end of story in any legal sense, and a state assembly committee wisely killed the law before it got anywhere, due to the fact that it was so unconstitutional that it was practically glowing. Imagine though, a mom so unhappy with her adult daughter’s boyfriend that she wants him to be jailed for having an affair with her! That’s gonna be some wedding.
One observation is that this is another example of the National Enquirization and Evangelization of the news. These aren’t celebrities, and this relationship has zero impact on the average person. That’s not news by any definition I am aware of, but it is treated seriously as such by many. It simultaneously titillates and offends people, so it gets great ratings. If it appeals to people’s baser instincts, it’s news, run with it! And Evangelization because if this didn’t push Evangelicals moral judgment button, they wouldn’t care. Decades of preaching that Evangelicals can define morality for everyone has seeped into the country’s pores, and now many Americans will rush to judgment about a couple they will never meet and know essentially nothing about.
I should also point out that if the former student was anything but a cute Caucasian blonde, this wouldn’t have made the “news.” Do I have an opinion about their relationship? Yes. I hope they live happily ever after.
(The above image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It’s use here in no conceivable way, expect maybe some sci-fi butterfly effect aspect, interferes with the copyright holder’s commercial use of the image. Credit and copyright: Modesto Bee – Debbie Nodafirstname.lastname@example.org. And I am sorry about not posting recently, but in my personal life, the solid human waste matter has intercepted the rotating turbine blades. Sigh.)