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    Teacher, 41, resigns, leaves wife, moves in with 18-year-old student

    An angry California mother is alleging abuse now that her 18-year-old daughter is living with her former high school teacher, who left his wife and children to move into an apartment with the young woman.

    James Hooker, 41, quit his job after going public with his love for Jordan Powers, who stopped attending classes at her Modesto high school and left home to be with her former business teacher.

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headline...ormer-teacher/

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    Thanks for posting, davehead. I saw this story on GMA this morning and my first thought was that this guy is another Mary Kay Letourneau: leaving one's spouse and children to pursue a troubled child. IMO, this situation just screams "girl in search of a father figure".

    I found this passage particularly gag-worthy:
    “[He's] my best friend. I mean, he’s more than just a lover,” Jordan Powers said of Hooker, who has a daughter a year younger than her and attended the same high school.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Velouria View Post
    Thanks for posting, davehead. I saw this story on GMA this morning and my first thought was that this guy is another Mary Kay Letourneau: leaving one's spouse and children to pursue a troubled child. IMO, this situation just screams "girl in search of a father figure".

    I found this passage particularly gag-worthy:
    BBM
    You're probably right-there is no comment from the girl's father. So maybe there is no father figure in her life and the teacher is probably going thru mid life anxieties and clearly not thinking with the right brain (if ya know what I mean) by throwing away his marriage and possibly his career. My prediction-she'll be pregnant within the year and he'll be regretting his actions soon after!
    With his young girlfriend by his side, Hooker explained their position to the newspaper. "We keep asking ourselves, 'Do we make everyone else happy or do we follow our hearts?'
    http://centralmodesto.news10.net/new...r-her-daughter
    OH PULEEZE!!! Her mother's right-he had intent and pursued her!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by essies View Post
    With his young girlfriend by his side, Hooker explained their position to the newspaper. "We keep asking ourselves, 'Do we make everyone else happy or do we follow our hearts?'
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    Okay everybody, raise your hand if you think it's his heart that he's following...


    Didn't think so.


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    People make stupid family decisions all the time...men leave women. Marriages get destroyed, and both men and women go after other people.
    How is this news-worthy?
    JMO. Unless there's a link, I can't prove it.

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    I can't help thinking about his daughter and what she must be going through. Divorce is not easy for kids this age anyway. But to have him moving in and living with one of her peers must take it to a whole new level.

    If she were my daughter I would have to question her about if he really did love her and want the best for her. If he did, how could he ask her or even permit her to leave school when she is this near to graduating. When waiting just months would have meant she had graduated and had that piece of paper that means so much when trying to surivive in the working world. I don't care what they say, employers do look down on a GED a bit.

    If I could talk to him I would have to ask him what he would say if his 17 yr old daughter turned 18 and came to him and said I am quitting school and moving in with my teacher. How comfortable would he be with that? Would he feel the teacher really had his daughter's best interests at heart? Also how does he plan on supporting his daughter, his new household and his new girlfriend now that he doesn't have a job?

    And if I was the daughter, I would be tempted to try to set that up. Not to go through with it, but to try to make arrangements where it looked like she was going to do it.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    Quote Originally Posted by not_my_kids View Post
    People make stupid family decisions all the time...men leave women. Marriages get destroyed, and both men and women go after other people.
    How is this news-worthy?
    It's the whole teacher/student thing. It makes for an unequal relationship as he has traditionally had the power role. It's just compounded by the inequality of the ages and experiences.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    Quote Originally Posted by essies View Post
    BBM
    You're probably right-there is no comment from the girl's father. So maybe there is no father figure in her life and the teacher is probably going thru mid life anxieties and clearly not thinking with the right brain (if ya know what I mean) by throwing away his marriage and possibly his career. My prediction-she'll be pregnant within the year and he'll be regretting his actions soon after!With his young girlfriend by his side, Hooker explained their position to the newspaper. "We keep asking ourselves, 'Do we make everyone else happy or do we follow our hearts?'
    http://centralmodesto.news10.net/new...r-her-daughter
    OH PULEEZE!!! Her mother's right-he had intent and pursued her!!
    BBM

    What I forsee is after the honeymoon period, she will start seeing him as a parental figure and will start that whole parent/child separation thing that teens are so well known for. And she will probably also start looking around at kids her own age.... dating, going to college, starting careers. The grass always looks greener on the other side. He will probably get her pregnant to try to settle her down, but eventually she will walk out.
    He will be under a lot of pressure to try to make up for all she is missing, and he will also begin to resent her. Remember she will be trying to learn how to keep house, live on a budget not controlled by her parents, cook and keep up with the laundry and do all those other things that newlyweds usually struggle with. He has already gotten past all that, he went through all that once.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    Quote Originally Posted by mysteriew View Post
    It's the whole teacher/student thing. It makes for an unequal relationship as he has traditionally had the power role. It's just compounded by the inequality of the ages and experiences.
    He is also being investigated and could possibly be charged if it can be proven that their relationship started before the girl turned 18. A lot of students at the high school he taught at/she was a student say that their relationship started when she was 14. How anyone can think this shouldn't be news is beyond me.

    http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2012/...-with-student/

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    If there was abuse, then it's news.

    If there wasn't, then it's a personal decision, and not news.

    JMO.
    JMO. Unless there's a link, I can't prove it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by not_my_kids View Post
    If there was abuse, then it's news.

    If there wasn't, then it's a personal decision, and not news.

    JMO.
    In many states (not all) it is illegal for a teacher to have a sexual relationship with a high school student, no matter what the student's age is. So a teacher having sex with his student who is 18, and a senior in high school would be charged just the same as if the student were underage.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    We have a guy in jail here, right now, for exactly this same offense.

    Thinking with your d#%* is NEVER a good idea guys.

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    But...she's no longer a student, right?
    JMO. Unless there's a link, I can't prove it.

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    The way I am understanding it NMK (and I don't know that I am correct) but it looks like they announced her leaving school, their moving in together, his leaving his wife and his quitting his job all about the same time. So it would have been very obvious that he and she didn't quit and then meet up and get together.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    Quote Originally Posted by davehead21 View Post
    He is also being investigated and could possibly be charged if it can be proven that their relationship started before the girl turned 18. A lot of students at the high school he taught at/she was a student say that their relationship started when she was 14. How anyone can think this shouldn't be news is beyond me.

    http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2012/...-with-student/
    Oh Lordi, I didn't know that! 14? I was thinking she's 18 and can have whatever kinky relationship she wants. But if he was abusing her at 14 that's another matter altogether. And WHY is it just now being said? If a lot of students kept their mouth shut for 4 years - shame on them. No, I'm not blaming them for the relationship, but a 14 year old possibly having sex with a teacher is rape and those co-students should know that.

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