A Clover High School math teacher and coach was charged last week for having sex with a student and providing him with alcohol at the teacher’s Lake Wylie home in August or September.
The 24-year-old teacher, hired in 2013, resigned, according to a district official.
The sexual activity between the teacher and 16-year-old was consensual, according to warrants.
While it seems on social media no one debates the teacher should be fired, what people are questioning is whether the felony charge carrying up to five years in prison upon conviction and being a sex offender is too harsh.
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Their reasoning is, according to South Carolina law, age of consent is 16.
However, according to the law states sexual relations between a teacher and a student who is 16 or 17 is a felony regardless of consent, punishable by up to five years in prison.
That seems fair to us. Teachers need to be held to a higher standard. Parents and its taxpaying community are placing our children in the care of these regarded professionals. We should be able to expect teachers aren’t dating students.
We’d be naive to believe teacher-student sex scandals don’t happen. We see them in national news headlines, and unfortunately, now here at home. It only reinforces the need for such a break in trust with professionals entrusted to care for our children to warrant a felony charges.
Teachers are leaders and role models. They should be who a student runs to for safety and to gain knowledge. They should be respected and lead by example.
Such a lack of judgment by a teacher to get involved in sexual relations with a student is criminal and should be treated as such.
Also to add more disgrace, this teacher also is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The only injustice we see is he was released on $4,000 bond.