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School teacher case appears to show 'two sets of rules'
Apr 3, 2012 - Raelle Herbert, Riverton
I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw the punishment handed down to the Riverton school teacher who pleaded guilty to sexually molesting a student.
Frankly, I could have done without the graphic account of what he did, but in a way I am glad it was there because it shows how unfairly boys are treated by "the system" compared to the girls.
Everyone probably has thought this same thing already, but I want to point out that if this same teacher had done what he did to a female student, he'd probably be serving hard time in the state pen by now. I don't think there is any way he would have been let off so easy if his victim has been a girl.
It sure appears that there are two sets of rules. One is for if you molest a boy, the other if you molest a girl. The law should be for if you molest a minor, no matter the gender.
I believe this teacher was lucky his target was a boy. Otherwise, I'll bet he would be getting tougher punishment.
This man was entrusted with the well being of under-age students, and he was supposed to be a role model. I doubt if anybody connected to this case feels justice has been done.