Wednesday, December 05, 2007
The Florida teacher who pleaded guilty to lewd behavior with a teenage boy has been arrested again for allegedly violating her probation by speaking to someone under the age of 18. OK, now this is a crazy term of her probation. Now, Debra Lafave was arrested for talking to a 16 year old female co-worker about family problems, friends, high school boyfriends and sex.
I want to make it clear that I in no way condone what the teacher did to the teenage boy. However, I think the probation order should be looked at through the spirit of how it was intended rather than the letter of it. First, she used to be a teacher. She is used to speaking to kids about problems and I think to not help a 16 year old who may have been facing issues, would have been bad for the girl if she couldn't speak to her parents.
Second, she works with the damn girl. What the hell is she supposed to do? If the girl asks her something, just ignore her, point to a sign on her chest that says she can't talk to anyone under 18? If a kid stops her on the street, just she have to ask them for i.d before she can give directions to a gas station?
The idea of the order was to keep her away from underage boys or girls so she wouldn't repeat the same behavior she plead guilty to in the past. Now, I don't know if she tried to hit on this co-worker or what, but I do know that where she works probably involves at least some communication with people under 18 on a daily basis.
If she was trying to hit on the co-worker or have her bring teenage boys over to the house for a little fun, then throw the book at her. But, if this girl just needed someone to talk to, then they should realize how stupid the order is and modify it.