Our public schools are scary.
PORTLAND, Ore. – The biggest reason for teachers losing their jobs in the Portland metro area was because of inappropriate sexual behavior, according to data from the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.
The data shows the student-teacher boundary is being violated. There are multiple references to social media like Facebook, Snapchat and the dating website OKCupid.
Snapchat is a phone app that helps you send a picture or video to someone and within a few seconds that picture or video disappears.
Alexander Taylor, a former Oregon City teacher who had his license revoked, used Snapchat to send pictures of himself shirtless to a student and a picture of his crotch while sitting at his desk at school. The caption with that picture read, “Come sit here.”
Vicki Chamberlain, the executive director of the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission, said most of the boundary violations still come in the form of text.
“Check their kids’ texts,” she said as advice to parents, “particularly if they say they’re being engaged with any adult, even if it’s a coaching situation. I think the hardest part is we want to trust first, but if somebody is overly texting with a teacher they need to be paying attention to that.”
She said schools are still catching up on this issue as well since the technology is changing so quickly.
But she’s also seeing that a lot of the teachers getting caught for these boundary issues are younger than 40 years old.