Notes on a Scandal

September 25, 2007

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (AP) — A former teacher was charged with having sex with a teenage boy, the third teacher in the same county accused of such crimes in the past year and a half, authorities said Monday. Karen Robbins is the third teacher in the area to be charged with having sex with a teenager. Karen Robbins, 49, was arrested over the weekend and charged with three counts each of criminal sexual conduct with a minor and committing a lewd act on a child. The sex occurred with a 15-year-old in her car and twice at her home between September and November 2005, according to arrest warrants. Earlier this month, Allena Ward, also a former Bell Street Middle teacher, pleaded guilty to having sex with five teenage boys, some of them students where she taught. Wendie Ann Schweikert, a former elementary school teacher in Laurens County, was sentenced in June to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to having sex with an 11-year-old student. Ward has not yet been sentenced.

I think that this is vile, and adults that have inappropriate relationships with children should be punished. I think it is especially revolting when it an adult in a position of power to a child, like a teacher. But in the case of a 15 year old boy, you gotta wonder just how scarred he was. Most 15 year old boys would be all about a woman wanting to have sex with them, anywhere. She should have known better though. I had a couple teachers along the way, who I wouldn’t not have minded at all stepping a little out of line.