This news carries the headline “Teacher fired after ‘third graders had oral sex in classroom under a table’.”
What I find odd is that the emphasis is on the teacher getting fired instead of on what it says about American society when 9-year-old kids are having sex — and having it in public, in a classroom.
Christine Show reports for the UK’s Daily Mail, March 22, 2012, that a teacher at the Tallulah Elementary School in Louisiana was fired for being inside a classroom where two third grade students were allegedly having oral sex under a table.
Lisa Wilmore, superintendent of the Madison Parish School District, told The News-Star that the female teacher, whose name was not released, was fired because school leaders determined that she was not doing enough to appropriately watch over the class. Wilmore said: “We have to make sure we have people in these classrooms who are monitoring our students.”
The firing is part of an undertaking by Wilmore to improve the culture of the school, which has struggled academically. Another teacher in the same school district, at Madison Parish High School, has been placed on leave with pay pending the results of an investigation into possible substance abuse by the (unnamed) teacher while on the job. Wilmore said she has been working with the district school board to take staff conduct and student achievement issues more seriously. As part of the effort, a second teacher within the district has been put on paid leave this week surrounding allegations of substance abuse on the job.
Madison Parish School District has one of the poorest rankings in Louisiana for its performance score. It ranks 59 out of 62 districts on the list, which is based on drop outs, attendance and overall student achievement.
Wilmore said the two students involved in the sexual act were given counseling.
This is what I found on Tallulah Elementary School (TES):
- Address: 1100 Johnson St, Tallulah, LA 71282
- Phone: (318) 574-0732
Image of Tallulah Elementary School on classmates.com
Located in Tallulah, Louisiana, TES serves grades PK-5 in the Madison Parish School District. Based on its state test results, it has received a GreatSchools Rating of a meager 2 out of 10. Here’s the ethnic make-up of TES students:
- 80% non-Hispanic Black
- 16% non-Hispanic White
- 2% Asian/Pacific Islander
- 1% Hispanic
95% of the students at TES are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program.
Superintendent Lisa Wilmore: