Student Says Teacher Made Her Perform Lap Dances On Male Students During Class
As if one crazy story involving public school staff wasn’t enough this weekend, a 16-year-old female student is alleging, among other things, that her computer science teacher forced her to perform lap dances on her male classmates during class. From Yahoo:
In the latest sign that America is obviously headed to hell in a hand basket, a 16-year-old student at a public high school in Pittsburghhas accused a teacher of forcing her to perform lap dances for male students in his computer technology class.
The Perry Traditional Academy student says the teacher, Michael White, also kissed her on the lips in a classroom, according to CBS Pittsburgh.
Police charge that White, 29, also encouraged her to attend a hotel party where the festivities would have included a striptease.
The girl declined, she said. However, the criminal complaint against White charges that the computer technology Lothario later seduced the girl into leaving school without permission and having sex at his house. This occurred at least twice, and the teacher also allegedly plied the teen with alcohol and marijuana.
The teacher has denied any wrongdoing through his attorney who said the following:
“We have no reason not to be very skeptical of these allegations at this time,” Chuck Gallo, an attorney representing White, told CBS Pittsburgh.
“Let’s slow down here,” added Blaine Jones, another attorney representing White. “We live in America and he is innocent until if ever proven guilty.”
Of course I believe he is innocent until proven guilty, but it seems that at least some of these allegations should be easy to get to the truth. I mean, the lap dances in the middle of class seem like they’d be easy to prove or disprove, right? No way a classroom of teenage boys ccould keep quiet about that. Even if that was the only thing that went on and even if he didn’t force her to do that, this man belongs nowhere near children or schools. To even allow that to go on in your classroom is completely irresponsible and the antithesis of a being a teacher.
Maybe I’m wrong, but it seems to me that, the older I get, I am reading more and more of these stories. It really makes me wonder about the kind of people we are recruiting and hiring to teach in and run our schools. Do we even conduct job interviews, check references, and do background checks anymore before allowing adults to interact with the future of our country? I only ask because it just seems like lately we’re just picking teachers and administrators out of a hat. We have to do better.