Sunday, August 19, 2012

No Double Standard This Time

Colleps is married and has three children. She turned herself in after a cellphone video of one encounter that involved multiple students emerged. That video was shown a(t) trial.

Three former students who testified Thursday said that they did not consider themselves victims and did not want to see their former English teacher prosecuted. The three were football and track athletes.  link
Feisty lady, no?  Still, she broke the law.
It took the jury less than an hour to conclude that Brittni Nicole Colleps, 28, of Arlington, was guilty of 16 counts of having an inappropriate relationship between a student and teacher. The second-degree felony is punishable by two to 20 years in prison per count.
Her husband, who was deployed overseas while the missus was doing the nasty with the boys, wants to stay married.  He says he firmly believes in "till death do us part", so you might believe he has a strong grasp on the sanctity of marriage, but I think that grasp is rather tenuous:
He said he was very angry and hurt by his wife's actions, but admitted the two of them have had group sex with other consenting adults in the past.
No one comes out a winner in this story, except maybe for the judge and jury.


Ellen K said...

Yes the students were adults, but they were students. Just as a supervisor or boss would be ethically challeneged to have a relationship with a subordinate, this is all kinds of wrong. Worse than what this woman did to her own children and marriage, she destroyed the image of a faculty and eroded the trust and image of the other adults in the system. I've been in a school where this happens and the girls who know about it hate it. The boys involved probably avoided accusing the teacher because they and their parents feared the loss of scholarship offers. That was the case at my school, where the student was so bold as to put entire sordid conversations online for anyone to read. At some point, someone in education is supposed to be the adult, is supposed to model adult behavior. Succumbing to using students as toys is not adult behavior and I'm not even sure it's common behavior. When did it get to the point that people can say or do anything and think they can get away with it?

maxutils said...

Not the best case to show a double standard . . . the Texas law is clearly designed to prevent a non-consenual relationship between students and teachers; and, while what she did was definitely ethically wrong, and cause for termination, to prosecute her in a case where all involved are consenting adults, and no one claims to have been victimized, is a waste of taxpayer money -- and a 5 year sentence is ridiculous.