NOW what else can go wrong at my kid's school? At the beginning of the year, another seventh-grader brought a gun to school; around Christmastime a maintenance worker fell off the roof and shattered his leg in front of about 200 students, including my son; and now the 11 o'clock news tells me that one of his teachers (who has been mysteriously absent for the past couple of weeks) has been charged with sexual misconduct....with a student at the school. ARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!
What is UP with education these days??!! This particular middle school has a reputation as the best in the area, yet crap keeps happening. (I realize the guy who fell off the roof wasn't doing anything wrong, but it was a shocking accident that affected a lot of the kids who witnessed it.) This is the same school that also employs that horrible woman I talked about in my "Patients We Love to Hate" thread awhile back, and as a special-ed teacher, no less!
Granted, I grew up in an era when teachers were even more mysterious than parents......we never knew their first names or their ages, what they liked to do in their spare time (not that they had any, of course; we knew they were all too busy grading our papers, and even if they weren't, they were all far too old to enjoy anything) or even if they went to the bathroom like normal people.
But these days, kids know almost everything about the adults in their lives, and educators are no exception. They know their English teacher is an old hippie who still smokes pot; they know the "cool" new softball coach is a 24-year-old barely out of college; they know Mrs. Smith in homeroom has a crush on Mr. Jones who teaches shop. But tomorrow my 12-year-old will learn that one of his favorite teachers has been officially accused of the ultimate betrayal of trust, and it will be difficult to look my son in the eye and remind him that everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty when I've already condemned this man in my heart for robbing him of one of the last illusions of childhood security.......however false it may be.