I think most of us can probably agree that the vast majority of teachers are amazing, generous, passionate people who have the power to inspire our children to greatness. Every now and then, however, there comes a story about someone who's such a disgrace to the profession, it's downright mind-boggling. I'm sorry to report that this is one of those stories, and it involves a Texas sex ed teacher who's accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old.
Marlena Mints, 31, has been charged with one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of improper relationship with students -- after allegations surfaced that she'd performed oral sex on one of her students. During recess.
Mints is a health teacher and coach at Bessie Coleman Middle School in Cedar Hill, Texas. As the story goes, one of her 13-year-old eighth-grade students texted her that he had a problem with his penis, to which she said she could help but that she "needed to see it" and asked him to come into her class. According to what the boy told investigators, he exposed himself to her, thinking it was okay because she was a health specialist, and that's when Mints allegedly performed oral sex on him.
The student also said that he and other classmates were allowed to touch her breast and buttocks while spending time in her classroom.
Mints is accused of assaulting another student who's a high school senior. The arrest warrant said the second victim also exchanged text messages with Mint, during which she asked if he wanted to "hang out" and if he liked "white girls." She then reportedly picked the boy up, drove him to her home and engaged in oral sex with him. Evidence of the messages exchanged with Mints are on his phone, police say.
The teacher has been suspended from her job and is currently being held in Dallas County Jail.
Boy, it's hard to even know what to say about this, isn't it? If the allegations turn out to be true, this woman deserves every bit of justice the legal system can throw at her. Regardless of the circumstances under which these events may have happened, the fact remains that she's a 31-year-old teacher responsible for taking care of her young students -- not BLOWING THEM DURING RECESS, for god's sake.
How angry would you be if you were one of these boys' parents?
Image via Cedar Hill Police Department