This is where common sense meets special interest politics. A proposed bill in the State of Massachusetts that would outlaw sex between teachers and students has yet to be endorsed by the state teachers’ union six months on. The language is clear and concise, yet the Massachusetts Teachers Association, 110,000 members strong, said it was still reviewing the measure.
The chief question that should come up in everyone's mind, especially the minds of parents of students in Massachusetts, is what is there to review?
The bill, outlaws teacher-student sex, sexual relations between a student and other adults employed by a school district -- salaried, volunteer or contract basis, and covers independent schools and youth organizations. Adults found guilty of violating the law would face a maximum jail term of five years and/or a $10,000 fine.
So, again, what is to "review" for six months? The union -- and their reviewing lawyers -- either have put the review on the "not so important" pile, or are attempting to find a way to massage the bill's language to protect teachers who do prey on their students. Both are incredibly unacceptable.
While good teachers should have close relationships with their students, crossing the line into sexual relationships is the definition of what it means to be a sexual predator. Those in positions of authority have an obligation protect their charges, not prey on them. Honestly, it is sad a law even needs to be on the books outlawing this activity.
Needless to say, next time a teachers' union gets behind a political candidate, we should all remember this point in time, especially in Massachusetts.