INCIDENT RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT CONFLICTING SOUTH CAROLINA LAWS …
A teacher in Spartanburg, S.C. is facing multiple criminal charges after allegedly performing oral sex on a then-16-year-old student on three separate occasions.
Alexandra McClure – a Spanish teacher at Byrnes High School – resigned last week and will appear in court on May 19 to answer to three counts of “sexual battery with a student.”
More on that charge in a moment …
According to police, the as-yet-unidentified student began flirting with McClure in the fall of 2014 – giving her his cell phone number. Before long the two began “sexting” and video chatting with each other – and in October 2014 McClure performed oral sex on him three times (twice at her house and once in a parked car outside a high school football game).
McClure, 25, is a 2011 graduate of Clemson University. Here’s her mug shot …
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(Pic: Spartanburg County)
The school – which reported the allegations to police – issued a statement following McClure’s arrest.
“The administration at Byrnes High School was informed of allegations of inappropriate contact between a female teacher and male students,” the school’s statement read. “Before administrators could complete the investigation, the teacher resigned her position with the district. As required under South Carolina law, the matter has been turned over to law enforcement and the South Carolina Department of Education for further investigation.”
Frankly, McClure’s resignation is where we believe this scandal should have ended. Why? Because her alleged “victim” was sixteen years old – meaning he had attained South Carolina’s legal age of consent for sexual activity.
In other words, the three blow jobs McClure gave him constituted sexual activity between two consenting adults.
Does this excuse McClure’s conduct? No. Does it mean she should keep her job? Of course not.
“There’s absolutely no circumstance in which it’s okay for a teacher to have sexual contact with a student,” we wrote a few years back in addressing another such scandal.
It’s an abuse of trust … and teachers who engage in such conduct deserve to be fired.
Our point is simply that McClure – who is facing fifteen years in jail on these three counts – does not deserve to be locked up for what she did. Not even for a day. We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: Government shouldn’t spend tax dollars prosecuting and incarcerating people for what amounts to consensual sex.
If a teacher is involved in consensual sexual activity with a student who is fifteen years old or younger, then by all means – they should face criminal consequences for their actions in addition to losing their job.
But this case involves two consenting adults engaging in sexual behavior which – in virtually any other circumstance – would be perfectly legal. As it should be. The fact that one of them may go to jail for fifteen years as a result of such a consensual encounter is absolutely ridiculous.
What do you think? Do you agree with South Carolina’s law banning sex between teachers and students (even if students 16 years of age or older)? What about the punishments?
We look forward to reading your thoughts in our comments section below …