I had to look at the lead of this Miami Herald story several times yesterday to make sure I was reading it correctly:
A 15-year-old Hialeah boy who had a months-long romantic relationship with a teacher at his religious school must end the affair, a Miami child welfare judge ordered Wednesday.
Where do we begin?
It was a religious school. It took place over months. A judge had to order them to stop!
Is there a loophole in the statutory rape law that I'm not aware of, one that says it's okay until the judge orders an end to it?
As you read further into the story, you can see why the judge felt a need to step in:
The mom, Hialeah police say, consented to her son's affair with 32-year-old Maria Guzman Hernandez, and allowed the couple to travel together for a weekend getaway at Disney World.
At the hearing, the mother's attorney, Roberto Villasante, said she is disputing some of the allegations against her by DCF and the police.
''She is in disagreement with some of the items in the affidavit,'' Villasante said, ``particularly certain knowledge she had of what was going on.''
You have to wonder about this one. I mean, if the mother knew about the affair, her fitness as a mom is, to say the least, questionable. But what does it say about her fitness as a parent if she didn't know?
I don't think the "I didn't know" defense is much better. I've got two teenage stepdaughters, and if either of them said she was going on a trip to Disney with a male teacher, they'd have to call the police to keep me from assaulting the teacher!
Is it okay when it's a teenage boy with a female teacher?
What about a teenage girl with a male teacher?
What about a teenager with a teacher of the same gender?
Why can't these teachers stick to their lesson plans and keep their hands off our kids?