Friday, March 30, 2007
Handling of teachers who are accused of having sex with students has come into question. Two cases down south are drawing major attention. Both women are white. The boys -- six in all -- are black.
Some of the blacks who make up more than a quarter of Laurens County's 70,000 residents are upset over the release of the teachers on bail. They say the cases reflect the way crimes by whites against blacks in the segregated South were treated less seriously than other offenses, and blacks who leveled accusations against whites were less likely to be believed. "If this had been black teachers, they would not be out of jail right now," said Corinnie Young, a 49-year-old bookstore employee who is black.
Above is Wendie Schweikert, 37, a former Laurens County, S.C., teacher. She was arrested last year on charges that she had sex with an 11-year-old student. Allenna Ward, 24, also taught in the county. She faces charges of with having sex with at least five underage boys, some of whom were students at her school.
Mary Kay Letourneau, served a 7-year sentence for having sex with student Vili Fualaau when he was 12. They had two children and wed in 2005.
There are literally dozens of cases involving teachers having sex with students. Legal Pub asks when will they start testing teachers for pedophile tendencies?