Teen Who Stood Up Against Sexual Advances From 40-Year-Old Counselor Teaches All Kids the Right Lesson

pennsylvania counselor Emily FeeneyMalvern Prep's swim coach and director of college counseling Emily Feeney is facing serious sex charges after a student came forward revealing that she had been pursuing him for sex since 2014 when he was just 16 years old. Feeney was his guidance counselor at the prestigious private school in Chester County Pennsylvania. This student knew how to stand up for himself against this teacher who tried bribing him with entry into Harvard.


The 40-year-old counselor reportedly sent many texts messages and emails to the teen including one that read: "I adore you - always have, always will."  But the teen repeatedly turned her down, even asking her to stop. One reported message to her was, "I'm not interested in you, end of story. I'm 16. I'm not into you." 

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Investigators are calling Feeney's actions "extraordinarily predatory." It was alleged that one message read: "If you'd ... just stop fighting and let it happen, you'd be a lot less uptight and much happier." It was also reported that she kissed the child and sent topless photos and also pics of her undressing. She has been fired and turned herself in. Many of the messages were sent from her work email account.

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This is concerning. How can we fully put our trust in our children's teachers? How can we make sure they are safe everywhere they go -- even at a place like school, where we think they should be protected? The answer lies not within the teachers, but in our children. We have to teach them to speak up when something isn't right. Thankfully that's what this child did. It took a lot of strength for this kid to tell his parents of the wrongdoings of his counselor. It seems that at first he was trying to handle it himself, telling her to stop. But she was relentless and it's a testament to this kid's moral compass that he was able to speak up to his parents and authorities about this. 

As parents, we have to instill that kind of confidence in our kids. We want them to feel they can talk to us about everything, and stand up for themselves in an uncomfortable situation. The sad truth is that our kids need to know that some people have bad intentions, and they cannot fall prey to those people. Sometimes it's even the people in authority, people they are taught to trust. Fostering an open relationship with our kids is key, as is the ability for them to distinguish what is right and wrong and how to act in that situation.

Thankfully this child did something about it -- and no other child would be hurt again by her actions. This teen is also a great example for all other kids -- if something isn't right, then talk about it with your parents and authorities.

The charges Feeney is facing is institutional sex assault, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors, and indecent assault. The investigation continues.


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