Back in 2008, Stacey Dean Rambold, a 49-year-old teacher in Montana, was arrested for raping a 14-year-old student. He got a whole whopping 30 days in jail for it. Lots of folks are outraged; well, except for one writer for the Washington Post, Betsy Karasik, who writes, ‘with our legal and moral codes failing us, our society needs to have an uncensored dialogue about the reality of sex in schools.’
I agree with the idea, but not with her offered solution to the problem:
I don’t believe that all sexual conduct between underage students and teachers should necessarily be classified as rape, and I believe that absent extenuating circumstances, consensual sexual activity between teachers and students should not be criminalized.You see, since our legal and moral codes are failing, let’s just help them along by changing the rules to let adults molest children – it’ll just be so much easier.
But then she writes:
I do think that teachers who engage in sex with students, no matter how consensual, should be removed from their jobs and barred from teaching unless they prove that they have completed rehabilitation.No, you don’t, dear – you just wrote you don’t think what he did was a criminal at; if it’s not a criminal act, then there’s no reason to fire him, bar him from teaching, and force him into counseling, is there?
Dear, dear Ms Karasik, you can’t have your cake and eat it, too, in this instance.
And the young lady in question, the victim of the rape? She committed suicide, and Ms Karasik is eager for her readers to blame the same people she blames – the ‘utter hysteria with which society responds to these situations’ which ‘does less to protect children than to assuage society’s need to feel that we are protecting them.’ She admits she doesn’t know why the young girl killed herself, but:
One has to wonder whether the extreme pressure she must have felt from those circumstances played a role.Yes, one ought to; one ought to, perhaps, entertain the sickening thought that she killed herself because a forty-nine-year-old man raped her and she had a breakdown.
But, you see, that’s how ProgLibDems want the world to work: if you have a law, or laws, or moral codes, which fail, then throw them out and simply allow illegal and amoral or immoral behaviors – in fact, sanction them.