In these days and times there are a lot of students and teachers becoming romantically and sexually involved with each other. There are many ways to look at this type of situation. Ethically, is it wrong as long as the student is of the age of consent? Should the teacher be fired or the student expelled? Is it against the law? There is a case against Jessica Ruth Bollinger from Greer, South Carolina in regards to this exact kind of teacher-student relationship.
The Case of Jessica Ruth Bollinger
Jessica Ruth Bollinger is a former teacher from Greer High School in South Carolina. In December of 2013 she was arrested by the Greer Police Department for sexual battery of a 16 or 17 year old where no coercion was involved. Her relationship with this student was brought to light by other students talking about it and getting around the school. The principal of the school sent statements about the incident from Bollinger and other students to the Greer Police Department. From that point an investigation was launched.
Outcome of Jessica Ruth Bollinger
Jessica Bollinger was put on administrative leave and resigned two days later in November of 2013. She was then arrested in December of 2013 and the school is sending their findings of their own investigation to the school board in regards to her teaching certificate. Ethically, was she wrong for this? Yes, a teacher should never have sex with their students. Criminally, should she have been arrested? No, the age of consent in South Carolina is 16 therefore she and the student were both of legal age to consent to their sexual relationship. As far as I can find with research this case is still pending in the court system and Ms. Bollinger no longer teaches anywhere.