Mom Lets 17-Year-Old Son Marry 42-Year-Old Teacher Who Was Charged With Rape

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Leah Shipman
You know how they say there are (at least) two sides to every story? There are at least three sides to this story, and not a single one makes any sense to me: 42-year-old former teacher Leah Shipman married her 17-year-old former student Johnnie Ison, whom she began "dating" when he was only 15 -- and the boy's mother signed documents allowing the marriage to take place even though her son is still a minor. As a result of the wedding, Shipman -- who'd been charged with two counts of sexual acts by a teacher, two counts of indecent liberties with a child, and one count of statutory rape -- ended up NOT having to stand trial (as her husband, apparently, Ison can't be forced to testify).

Like I said, not one side of this story makes sense. Johnnie Ison's story makes me sad (to think of the profound psychological damage this kid must have!). Leah Shipman's story makes me sick (to think of how twisted this teacher must be!). Then there's Johnnie Ison's mother.

Her story makes me ... confused? Furious? Disgusted? All of the above, and more. As a mom, I just can't get past trying to understand WHY any mother would allow her 17-year-old son to marry his 42-year-old teacher (after two years of statutory rape!). What?! It's not even like the kid eloped or ran away with a much older woman and or something and there was nothing the mom could do to stop him -- she physically signed legal documents allowing them to get married.

Either she actually buys into whatever "true love" argument her son and his new missus have been selling or she for some reason is willing to give up "custody," so to speak, to a very different type of legal guardian or ... I just don't even know what. But I'm afraid nothing about this story makes sense to me because there's simply no sense to be made.

Why do you think any mom would legally allow her 17-year-old son to marry his 42-year-old former teacher?


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Vegeta Vegeta

Maybe they're all lovely people.. or they're all nuts.

NYCmo... NYCmommy100

Out of all people you let your son marry... You just had to pick a 42-year-old who has been charged with rape. I'm wondering how 18 is when you can make 'real' decisions on who you want to have sex with, but you can marry at 17. 

handy... handy0318

Freaking insane...

Pinst... Pinstripes4

I'm finding it really hard not to be judgmental here. What did the son's dad have to say about this, too? This is just so ridiculous. The boy is a victim of rape and awful parenting.

Sandra Blizzard

how could it be rape "IF" he was willing. Maybe the mother knows something we don't Like TRUE LOVE. NO one should judge any one lets leave that up to God

mrssu... mrssundin

There is more to this story then what is written here. None of my damn business. So moving on.

Capts... CaptsMimi

15 year old boys are very much headstrong and about doing what they want when they want...I dont accept the "rape" allegation of this story, I know..I know, that makes me a target to the other commenters but if any of those have a 15 year old boy and are willing to be honest I am willing to take the heat.  As for HER, she should know better, after all, she isnt a 15 year old. She absolutely knows better. I wonder what in the world a 15 year old has to offer to make her be so willing to throw her life away? Does she really think he is her "forever"?? Words cannot begin to describe what I think of her!!tsk tsk


Kamara Christine

It's not rape. A 17-year-old boy is horny and gets it up for his teacher. Not rape!!

rhps2000 rhps2000

That's where the statutory part comes in. He is still a child in the eyes of the law and she was an adult who abused her authority over him. Would you be outraged if the student was a girl and the teacher a man? Wrong any which way you look at it.

nonmember avatar t m

The author is a little too judgmental. You have to trust that there are things that a mother just knows.

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