A 23-year-old middle-school teacher was charged with having sex with a 14-year-old student in a classroom, at her apartment and, once, in a vehicle while the teen's 15-year-old cousin drove.
This story is disturbing in many ways. First off, and pardon me for being superficial but the teacher in question, Debra Beasley Lafave, is smoking hot. Now this bothers me because I look at her pictures and find her attractive and at the same time, knowing what she is accused of doing, find her repulsive. Most adult men wouldn't be able to resist a come-on from someone of her caliber, a 14 year old boy would surely think of it as a dream come true.
When I was that age back in the days of Atari's and Colecovisions, we didn't look the same as kids do now. Girls who could barely fill a B-cup halfway were considered well endowed, and I only know 2 guys in my high school who could actually grow a beard. I find myself surprised at how much older kids look these days but in some ways, that's to be expected. So physically I guess it wouldn't be too much of a stretch for Debra who was only 7 years the boy's senior.
However, underneath the hood, a 14 year old boy is still a child. There's a reason we don't allow children to drive cars or do things adults can do. It's because, generally they are not emotionally mature enough to handle the responsibilities. And to take advantage of that lack of maturity is morally reprehensible.
I doubt there will be the same amount of outrage over this as there would be if the genders were reversed. Still, this is a disgusting display of human depravity. Glenn Reynolds has been discussing the age of consent lately, and I realize that not all minors are emotionally unready for sexual relations, however continually pushing back against what collectively is considered “too young” I feel will have a huge impact on the society as a whole. When 14 is ok, 13 isn't too far off.
Debra, if convicted, is facing a long time in prison. I don't know what will happen to the boy. He may simply be popular for his 'conquest', the immediate increase in attention may cause emotional damage, he may feel guilt, or he may just be totally normal. However, as a society, do we want to take those kinds of risks when kids are involved?