High School Principal Deserves to Lose His Job for Texting Student 3,000 Times

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There are so many things wrong on so many levels with this story that I'm not sure where to begin. Let's just get straight to it. A Brooklyn high school assistant principal has been stripped of his duties after it was discovered that he sent almost 3,000 text messages to one of his students in three months. He's married. She's 18. They apparently do nothing -- I mean NOTHING -- but text. And, if you can believe it, the guy is claiming he did nothing wrong! He was just helping her out with her problems! Excuse me while I call bullshit.

It all started when another student observed some unprincipal-like behavior between Christian Del Re, 32, and his female student. Some of the suspicious behavior reportedly included him playing with the girl's hair and her leaving his car. That's when officials discovered 3,000 text messages (along with some 3 a.m. phone calls!) between the two over 90 days.

But ... get this. Both student and principal say he did nothing wrong. Both say the principal "never touched" the girl. He says that he was merely helping the girl with some issues. He reportedly told investigators that the girl "would talk to him about problems at school, problems with other students and problems with her boyfriend."

How is this an excuse?! Is he a counselor? Is he a therapist? Is he the world's savior? Did he do this for the male students too? Did he tell his wife about the texts and calls since they were so innocent?

Parents send their kids to school to learn and to be taken care of by mature, responsible adults. Any adult who can find 3,000 messages to tap out to a teen girl a) isn't performing his job, and b) isn't mature and responsible. What about this girl made her so worthy of so much individual attention? Hmmm. I'm going to go out on a limb and say this girl wasn't a toothless hunchback.

Many of you will probably ask why the teen's parents weren't checking her cellphone. It's a good question, but a better question is, Why is a 31-year-old principal texting his student?? Considering the texts all happened over a short period of time, and considering she may have deleted them as they came in, let's not play "blame the mother."

Anyway, officials say they are seeking this guy's termination, but they also say he's been "reassigned." Does that mean to another school? Hope not.

Do you think a principal should text a student under any circumstances?

 

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nonmember avatar Chelsie

Why parent's weren't checking an 18-year-old's text messages? Um, because she's 18? sheesh hello helicopter parents..

Rebec... Rebecca7708

It was definitely inappropriate and he should have referred her to a school guidance counselor.

Anna Potts

shes an adult just like him back off


 

nonmember avatar Tigerese

His behavior is suspect but not illegal and probably not a workplace violation either depending on official policy. He wanted her to drop the panties and she was close to doing so because she had the fever for the flavor of a pringle. But someone busted them.

Deann... Deanna2872

Why weren't her parents checking her texts? Uh, probably because she's 18!



And unless they're in Texas, they're behavior might not even be illegal.



* @Tigerese, in Texas (and maybe other states, I honestly don't know), it IS illegal, AGAINST THE LAW, for teachers to engage in any inappropriate and/or intimate relationships with their students, REGARDLESS of the students age (meaning, even if they're 18+). I imagine the thought is that any person in a postion of authority and trust (teachers, doctors, legal counsel/judges, therapists, etc...), should not be engaging in intimate relationships with those that depend on (and defer to) them for learning, representation, medical care, etc.



Either way. Ew. But, whatever. As long as no laws are broken, its almost a non issue on a legal aspect. Morally, I find it abhorrent. I hope he is held responsible for his part, and is punished. But I don't see it happening without a lawsuit (a civil court issue). Unless there is a clearly defined boundary concerning such relationships in the employment contract.



Sadly, common sense and basic human dignity doesn't mean enough in todays world to guarantee his punishment-

nonmember avatar icarmo

Obviously in this situation it was inappropriate. He being a principal at her school and married. But if it was an 18 year old hooking up with a 32 year she met at the grocery store then it wouldn't be an issue because the are both adults.

Chrissy Sorrick

It does not matter is she is 18 or not she was under his supervison in an education copacity and therefore he should be held accountable of his actions. I highly doubt that it was innocent..he or she or both were probably working there way up to a sexual rendouvez and they got caught before they couold do anything major...giv it 2 more weeks or so and I bet they will come out with more information on how far it went and I HIGHLY doubt *nothing* happened.

Secondly who gives a crap if she is 18..if she is living under her parents roof and NOT paying that cell phone bill herself her parents should have been watching her not to mention she is still in high school so therefore still her parents responsibility even though she is of legal age. Those of you who say "Oh well she is 18 she can do what she wants" goes to show your yourselves are or are going to be lazy parents. You NEVER stop being parent and you NEVER should STOP trying to teach your children the difference between right and wrong and what is decent and healthy and what is inappropriate and questionable regardless of their damn age.

Meg Moore

shes 18. there isnt much one can about it.

kellynh kellynh

The question was, should he have been texting a student. The answer from me, is no.

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