Thursday, June 21, 2007

Legal, But Icky

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The school district that employed a 40-year-old high-school science teacher and cross-country coach who married a 16-year-old student could find no reason to fire him, school officials said.

Brenton Wuchae coached Windy Hager at South Brunswick High School, where she recently completed her sophomore year as one of the school's top runners.

Wuchae resigned his position and, according to a marriage license, married Hager after the girl's parents begrudgingly gave their consent.

Still, ew.


U BOT BUSTER said...

Mr Wuchae is a union member in good doubt with tenure and seniority, which equals job security and is guaranteed to him no matter what he may do to or with a child.

Yes he resigned, but for how much? Hmmm... perhaps for a multi-year salary settlement with benefits.

Darren said...

I don't think we should be making up "maybes" and then accusing him of them, or even insinuating them. The facts as they stand are bad enough.

DeborahSmith said...

I just happened upon your blog and have enjoyed reading the posts. This one was more than distressing to me. I am the mother of a three year old and live in a small town. We recently had a drama unfold which included a city attorney coming forward admitting that he had videotaped himself having sex with clients and an employee. I tell you this story because people in authority, i.e. a teacher or attorney, need to be held to a higher standard or for that matter any standard when it comes to our youth. In the case of the attorney these were women who were at a terrible point in their lives and just trying to get through divorces. They trusted their attorney and he swindles them into bed. How can we as parents expect our youth to make more educated decisions than adults? Children and teens trust their teachers and counselors, as they should, and it absolutely infuriates me that there are the rare teachers out there who take advantage of that. I realize that I don't know you but I just want to thank you for being a good role model for our children.

Darren said...

Thank you.

rightwingprof said...

I've done my share of ew-ing about colleagues marrying their graduate students (it's a grand academic tradition, though people usually don't discuss it in public), but this is in a whole nuther category.

I give the marriage a year. He's obviously got midlife crisis issues, and she's sixteen.

Ellen K said...

I remember that it was common knowledge that one of our coaches in high school was dating a girl. He waited until she graduated and they got married. I still don't get it and he was younger then than I am now.