Putting the WRONG people in Prison?
I was reading an article this morning about a Nebraska math teacher going to serve a minimum of 70 months in Federal prison for travelling with her 13 year old male student to Mexico and having sex with him. Don't we have a shortage of math teachers?
What struck me was when I looked at her picture, obviously not taken with any make up and likely after taken into custody, she appeared rather normal looking. Then I thought about that hot looking blond Florida also female teacher who was convicted of a similar act......but as I recall she got only house arrest.
Is that fair, the hot teacher gets house arrest and the less attractive one gets 70 months?
Then I really got to thinking, should any of them really got any time....maybe they should have received a bonus for after school tutoring? I remember when I was thirteen.....I would have died for any of my female teachers to teach me a thing or two after school. I would have easily paid an entire summer's worth of lawn cutting money just for a few lessons....maybe even one.
And we are locking up our teachers for providing what any young healthy male would consider bragging rights for life?
Please understand I have a double standard, intellectually I should not be proud of it, but the double standard exists nonetheless. If a male teacher acted this way to my daughter, I would probably think the appropriate punishment would be having his genitles cut off and then serve a life sentence in a gay Turkish prison.
Back to the looks issue.....we really do treat people who are attractive very differently then those less attractive. The hot looking blond teacher becomes a celebrity and the more homely looking one we treat as an outcast.....for the exact same act. Heck with the lights out, what difference does it make?
Back to being serious for a second. In the past few years, I have seen behavior by executives of publicly traded companies cause much greater economic and social damage than the actions of the two teachers above. What is even more amazing, not only are these executives not being punished, they are being showered with millions upon millions in bonuses and severance packages while lives around them are being destroyed for a variety of reasons which can be related directly to their behavior.
Our country faces very serious problems ahead. Our income is dropping rapidly and food and fuel costs are spiraling out of control. Today Airtran is cutting the wages of ALL of its employees by about 10% and oil closed over $145 per barrel.
Our executives are sucking billions out of our public companies while the employees are getting squeezed. A 10% pay cut for a person making $10 million per year has a much smaller lifestyle impact on that person compared to a 10% paycut for a person $30K per year....especially during the current period.
I just heard that manhole covers are being stolen in Florida and turned in for scrap. As more and more people get pushed to the economic edge, expect improper acts to rise. If a person is so desperate to steal a manhole cover to raise a few bucks.......what's next?
Our system is breaking down......allowing executives to pilfer millions from money losing businesses and providing misleading financial statements but putting math teachers in prison for at least 70 months for doing something most European parents would have offered a bonus..........we live in interesting times indeed!!!