A "normal" relationship. This may be legal…

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Yet it is morally wrong on so many levels…

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California Teen Leaves School, Moves in With Former Teacher

ABC News:  An angry California mother is alleging abuse now that her 18-year-old daughter is living with her former high school teacher, who left his wife and children to move into an apartment with the young woman.
James Hooker, 41, quit his job after going public with his love for Jordan Powers, who stopped attending classes at her Modesto high school and left home to be with her former business teacher.
The girl’s mother is skeptical of the couple’s claims that nothing sexual happened between them, and exactly when the relationship became physical has become the center of a police investigation.
“She looked up to him,” mom Tammie Powers said. “[He was in the] position of an educator, [and you] don’t seduce your student. Period. She’s still in high school. She still lives at home. She has a curfew. … That’s not OK.”
The couple maintains that their feelings for each other blossomed slowly by spending time together during and after school, and then via phone calls and text messages. The two first met when Jordan was a high school freshman at James Enochs High School, but they say they only developed romantic feelings  after she turned 18 in September.

“[He’s] my best friend. I mean, he’s more than just a lover,” Jordan Powers said of Hooker, who has a daughter a year younger than her and attended the same high school.
Hooker said that while Jordan Powers was a student in his business class, he didn’t think twice about her. “She was just a student,” he said. “There was no attraction. There was nothing that was out of the ordinary, as opposed to any other student.  We were very much a teacher-student role.”
Tammie Powers is unconvinced. As soon as she discovered a long log of text message exchanges, she went straight to the police. She waged her own war on Facebook, posting a letter that went viral telling everyone that classmates took photos of her daughter sitting on Hooker’s lap when she was still his student.
She says that she also discovered 8,000 text messages between the two, along with late-night phone calls and email exchanges that took place when she was still a minor.  “That’s pursuit, in my opinion, with some type of intent,” she told ABC News 10 in California.
But none of the late-night calls or endless texts were a red flag of inappropriateness to him, and says that people looking for proof of an unacceptable relationship before Jordan was 18 are just inquisitive about their connection, Hooker said.  “I think that they’re just digging for something that wasn’t there. I mean, of course, they’re going to be curious,” Jordan added. “But I know for a fact that there was nothing.”
Although Jordan has stopped attending classes, she is now doing independent study through the school and plans to walk at her graduation.
Hooker confirmed that he is under investigation by the Modesto Police Department, but is confident he will be completely cleared of any allegations of inappropriate behavior. He said that he understands that people don’t understand their relationship.  “I think the stigma of the teacher-student relationship just makes it messy, makes it really hard for people to get through to the point that we really do like each other, he said. “We really do want to have a future together.”
There wouldn’t be a stigma associated with a teacher-student relationship if teachers didn’t have inappropriate relationships with minors.  Don’t tell me this guy wasn’t getting involved with a minor on some emotional level, especially with all the text messages, phone calls, and email exchanges.  What were they talking about? Does it really take 8,000 texts to explain a school assignment?  Doubt it…
Think about this. How’d you like it if your 18-year-old daughter was sleeping with a 41-year-old married man?  Legal?  Sure.  Yet I know many men that would take this matter into their own hands.
DCG

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0 responses to “A "normal" relationship. This may be legal…

  1. What a creepy man. So appropriately named (Hooker).

     
  2. Daddy got himself a little Money-Pit.

     
    • Hey, Rich, you’re normally pretty sensible. But what in the world do you mean by “Daddy got himself a little Money-Pit”????
      1. Who is the “Daddy”?
      2. Who is the “little Money-Pit”? Do you mean 18-year-old Jordan Powers? How is she a “money-pit”?
      3. Why do you dismiss concerns about Jordan’s wellbeing with a breezy “she’s a survivor”. How do you know that?
      4. Why are you minimizing Sagebrush’s and DCG’s concerns about Jordan’s wellbeing with James Hooker, her 23 years older former hi-school teacher?
      Taken all together, your comments are troubling and leave me with a decidedly queasy feeling….

       
  3. Divorce, probably… don’t know what happened but he’s not there and even this isn’t making him come back.

     
  4. Not cool.

     
  5. From one nest to another nest (of another sort).
    A lot of young people are terrified to face life in a country that has been left destitute by a hateful Muslim President. Maybe this young gal is a Surviver.

     
    • Sage,
      Women have a natural survival instinct you and I do not have. As base as some instincts are, they work.
      Those with no brain do not think, they act. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm, I
      smell a pie in the window…………….
      After all the smoke and dust clears, there may be nothing left for both of them. The family will clean up the remains.

       
      • Raised 3 daughters. They are 51, 53, & 55 now. They do what they want to do and think what they want to think. I never argued/argue with them. They always come for advice though. I’m totally used to being wrong all the time but enjoy helping when asked.
        That young woman is light years ahead of that horny Bozo. She will dump him in a broken heap and marry a decent fellow in a few years.She will turn out ok.

         
      • Really Rich?
        B/c when I was a sophomore in high school, my next door neighbor and the girl I rode 20 miles into school with, MARRIED one of the high school football coaches! (We were not close friends but it saved money on gas.) We were also both on the mile relay together and at the state finals me and the other two team mates found out that they were totally involved! We all four were sharing a room in Austin and he called her ALL night long! He had 2 girls and a wife….this girl was their BABYSITTER.
        All three of us immediately informed our parents and they all went to the school board and her parents but she was 18. She told somebody that it had been going on for 2 yrs.
        He resigned, got a divorce, and she married him. And guess what? He is COACHING again where they live now! Him and her Dad had graduated from high school together! These types of girls have Daddy Issues…that do not go away!

         
      • SHE might wake up….who knows, but I can PROMISE you that his children, especially the one that went to high school w/her, will have this following them around forever! And if she does not leave him…his daughter will have her to deal with too…
        Maybe we should nominate the bastard for DADDY OF THE YEAR 2012! {smirk}. GAG!! Gross!

         
  6. I heard on the news that her father had died not that long ago. It was probably his way of gaining her confidence, acting as a father figure, just MHO…

     
    • Ah, that would be called “game” today… otherwise known as being an opportunistic “perv” in this case.

       
  7. She has already left Teach for an even older man (wealthy CEO/executive from San Francisco). Her new man has a much greater income and an estate on the coast range above Los Gatos, California, overlooking the Pacific Ocean..

     
  8. UPDATE:
    Yesterday, April 6, 2012, police arrested the appropriately named Hooker, 41, for oral copulation with a minor student of his at David High School in Modesto in the 1990s, years before Hooker struck his relationship with 18-year-old Jordan Powers. For her part, Powers told ABC’s Good Morning America today that she has moved out of Hooker’s apartment.
    So ends a beautiful relationship. [snark]

     

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