Megan Stammers' distraught mom.
Every single day you can troll the web and find at least one new story about a teacher having an inappropriate relationship with a student. Literally every day, that's how common this is. Sometimes the affair is consensual, sometimes it's not. But it's always wrong and often ends in the teacher being suspended, fired, or sent to jail -- relationship over. But in a more uncommon twist to this theme, police are looking for a 30-year-old teacher who took it one step further and fled to France with his 15-year-old student. I'm not sure why this added layer feels more troubling than simply a teacher taking advantage sexually, but it does.
It's extra disturbing because the teacher, Jeremy Forrest, who may or may not be still married, must actually think that he has a future with pretty Megan Stammers if he basically threw his career and life away like this. He must be in a very desperate, sad, and confused place to make such a foolish (and illegal!) decision, no matter how much he believes love is all you need. Stammers is just a child who is letting her emotions guide her and doesn't know any better -- Forrest should have damn well known a heck of a lot better.
The scandal broke when Forrest and Stammers didn't show up to class at their school in England last Friday. Soon, police discovered a video of them leaving hand-in-hand on a ferry bound for France. Forrest had also left clues, notably a tweet that said: "Me & you. Let's just run away."
It's Mary Kay Letourneau all over again. Except! Letourneau and her former student, Vili Fualaau, were married in 2004 and are still together. Teachers and students do end up together sometimes. It may still feel icky but who's to say it's wrong ... when the student is no longer a student and is of legal age to make that decision.
If Forrest and Stammers really think they belong together, they should have put a cease and desist on their relationship for three years until everyone got legal, then see if both of them are still into it. I know ... it's a stretch but at least it's better than her just running away.
Stammers' parents are understandably pleading with their daughter through the media and social networking to contact them, saying they are not mad and will forgive, just come back home. Let's hope that message gets through to her, or that Forrest finally uses his head and realizes this was a bad, bad mistake he needs to fix right away.
This poor mom ...
Do you think Megan will come home on her own or do you think she's gone for good?