Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Colleen McGraham Suspended Over Crush on Student
Colleen McGraham has just been given an un-paid supension from her job as a teacher because she wrote blog posts about how she was in love with one of her school students who was only 15 at the time. Seemingly Colleen McGraham approached the boy about her feelings but he simply reported her to another teacher.
This of course is just one such story like this. We are hearing all the time about teachers falling for students and of course there are many more times that number of students who develop a crush for their teacher. But what is the best way to deal with such situations? Quite often teachers are only about 5 years older then the children they are teaching so it’s often very difficult to detach their emotions. However at the same time, teachers need to be responsible for their actions.
Unfortunately there have also been so many reports of students making false allegations about their teachers and those teachers then are struck off because of no fault of their own. I find it difficult to pass judgement on Colleen McGraham simply because I don’t know the full background of what happened and all too often people lie and make false allegations.
However it does bring up the question relatin to “do you know what your kids are up to” You can’t really tell what they are doing without hiring a private detective to follow them about everywheere. For instance social networking is all the rage these days but it’s also very unsafe if your kids don’t know what they’re really doing.