Teacher Looking To Overturn Law Prohibiting Teachers From Having Sex With Students Has Finally Gotten Judge’s Ruling
Alabama appears to be struggling more than any other state when it comes to teachers banging their students, as they not only have the highest incident rate in the country but a bill was even introduced into their State Senate that would require teachers go through training on how NOT to have sex with their pupils.
Committee chairman Dick Brewbaker, R-Montgomery, put it best:
“The whole thing is absurd,” Brewbaker said this week. “We’re to the point where we have to tell teachers to keep their hands off of students? I mean, come on.”
Brewbaker said he was 22 when he was teaching 17 and 18 year olds.
“I knew to leave the people in the little desks alone,” he said. “Teachers who have inappropriate relations with students aren’t doing it because they don’t know it’s wrong.”(via)
Yet common sense and a fear of people screaming “DUH” in your face didn’t stop the attorneys for Carrie Witt, Robert Tuten and Nick Heatherly from filing a motion to overturn the law that prohibits consensual sex between students and teachers. Witt, who we’ve covered before, was logically hoping that the Alabama judge who received the motion (and who also happens to be presiding over her case) would agree that the law should be abolished.
Thankfully, he did not.
“Constitutional liberties may be restrained when the state has a legitimate interest in doing so,” the judge wrote in his ruling. “The classic example is, while American citizens enjoy the freedom of speech, one cannot yell fire in a crowded movie theater. Freedom of speech can be restricted.”
Judge Craig also cited a ruling in a Minnesota case that said, “The State has a strong and legitimate interest in the welfare of its young citizens, whose immaturity, inexperience, and lack of judgment may sometimes impair their ability to exercise their rights wisely.”
Craig wrote that the state should protect the “sacredness” of the school setting.(via)
In other words: no you fucking idiot, now get your ass back to jail.