Is there anything more disturbing than a teacher having sex with a student? How about this? A former California high school teacher is walking off with just probation and 30 days in a work program after being convicted of having sex with a 14-year-old student.
So how'd Nadia Diaz get off so easy? Her teenage victim asked the court to go easy on her. Um, what???
I can't imagine if my teenager had been caught up in an affair with a teacher that I'd be gung-ho on letting her go into the court to stick up for the psycho who victimized her. In fact, I'd be doing everything in my power to keep the two apart for the rest of their natural-born lives.
But not this kid's parents, apparently. The boy, who was 14 two years ago when Diaz was 24 and working as a substitute at the school where the child was a sophomore, told a judge that he pursued her and convinced her to have sex with him. The plea apparently worked. Diaz doesn't even have to register as a sex offender.
I'm not naive here; I know kids have sex. I know sometimes that sex is with people who are much older than them.
But we aren't talking typical teen sex. We are talking about a woman in a position of authority taking advantage of a child. Whether the boy pursued her or not is irrelevant. It was Diaz' job to back up and say, "Sorry, Kiddo. NO!"
And now it's this boy's parents' jobs to step in and say, "Sorry, Kiddo. She was wrong, and you are wrong to defend her." It's their job to get their child help -- possibly counseling -- to understand the way appropriate sexual relationships work and why this was not in his best interest.
The fact that this kid was allowed into court to take the blame for being victimized is a sign that he's being failed, once again, by adults in his life. Only these adults won't even be facing probation for it.
What do you think of this boy being allowed to shoulder the blame for this incident? Would you let your child go defend the teacher who had sex with him?
Image via Fresno County Jail