Published on July 7, 2009
EDUCATIONAL ETHICS AND LAW
TEACHER CHARGED: SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
Under the Criminal Code, no one is allowed to have a sexual relationship with anyone under 18 years old if they are in a position of trust or authority "and certainly any teacher would follow under that description," said Duncan.
A young person at that age is "at an obvious stage in their emotional development" where they would be vulnerable to "friendly behaviour and given a degree of affection would fall into a position where they would develop an emotional attachment with a teacher as somebody in a position of authority.“ (Powell et al.)
Toronto police have charged Paola Queen, a 35-year-old teacher at Nelson A. Boylen Collegiate Institute, with one count of sexual exploitation after they received a Crime Stoppers tip earlier this month about an alleged inappropriate relationship between a high school teacher and a student.
Police allege Queen began a romantic and sexual relationship with the teen not long after she started teaching at the school in September 2005, "one that has continued, to our knowledge, to the present time," said Duncan, of 31 Division.
TEACHER-STUDENT BOUNDARIES Tuesday March 3, 2009 boundary.com KEY ETHICAL and LEGAL TERMS Fiduciary Relationship “A special relationship in which one person [voluntarily] accepts the trust and confidence of another to act in the latter’s best interest. In such a relationship, the parties do not deal on equal terms”(Plaut, 1993, p.212) Position of Authority The “legal right to control another person’s activities” which “includes the power that arises simply by virtue of the unequal status between teacher and student” (Crook and Truscott, 2007, p.90). Position of Trust A belief in the reliability, truth and strength of the teacher, which is held by the student who is vulnerable to the teachers influence and persuasiveness. (Crook and Truscott, 2007, p.90)
THE BOUNDARY TEACHER-STUDENT BOUNDARIES ~ Tuesday March 3, 2009 ~ boundary.com THE PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIP and BOUNDARIES Why boundaries are needed? Boundaries are designed to ensure students and the community are protected from harm. (Crook and Truscott, 2007 p.84)Teachers have a “socially sanctioned authority” (Crook and Truscott, 2007 p.84) over students.All interactions between teachers and students must be in the BEST interest of the STUDENT. Boundaries are established and maintained in an effort to bring integrity and professionalism to the “job” of teaching.
Boundaries are designed to ensure students and the community are protected from harm. (Crook and Truscott, 2007 p.84)
Teachers have a “socially sanctioned authority” (Crook and Truscott, 2007 p.84) over students.
All interactions between teachers and students must be in the BEST interest of the STUDENT.
Boundaries are established and maintained in an effort to bring integrity and professionalism to the “job” of teaching.
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