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Student Awarded $1.25M For Relationship With Teacher (This is why you pay so much for 'rape')
10 News ^ | 6/26/09

Posted on 06/28/2009 10:09:00 PM PDT by Libloather

Student Awarded $1.25M For Relationship With Teacher
UPDATED: 9:50 pm PDT June 26, 2009

SAN DIEGO -- A jury awarded $1.25 million to a former student at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Paradise Hills because they found that the principal and others failed to report a sexual relationship between the student and her teacher.

Teacher John Kyujoon Lee pleaded guilty to statutory rape back in 2007. But now, the San Diego Unified School District must pay for its role in allowing the sexual relationship between Lee and a former student to go on for nearly three years.

Attorney John Gomez is hoping school districts across San Diego County start changing the way they handle sexual abuse. "School districts do next to nothing to prevent it, [or] to train teachers," he said.

On Monday, Gomez's client, the former School for Creative and Performing Arts student, won a civil suit against both the San Diego Unified School District and Lee. Lee and the student began a sexual relationship her sophmore year.

"She was a very young, naïve, somewhat nerdy kid and was lured into an adult sexual relationship," said Gomez.

The relationship continued until the student graduated in 2006.

Though Lee pleaded guilty to statutory rape and other sex-related charges in 2007, Gomez said the school and district needed to share in the responsibility.

"The two of them had been seen alone in his vehicle. The two of them had been seen alone in his classroom in what was described as a public display of affection," Gomez said. "Kids had gone to the administration complaining about the two of them."

Nothing was ever done, Gomez said. The jury agreed and awarded the student $1.25 million. Gomez said the case was not about the money but rather the message it sends.

"These teachers need a reality check," Gomez said. "And also they need to know that if they suspect anything at all they don't stand around the water cooler talking about it -- they go to the police, they go to CPS, they do the right thing."

The mother of the student said she was too overwhelmed and emotional to talk on camera.

The school district's attorney said they are disappointed with the verdict and deny any teachers or administrators ever knew about the relationship. They are now considering an appeal.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: education; publicschools; publikskoolz; rape; statutoryrape; student; teacher
"She was a very young, naïve, somewhat nerdy kid and was lured into an adult sexual relationship," said Gomez.

Yep, she should've known what rape was all about.

1 posted on 06/28/2009 10:09:02 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

This is absurd payout


2 posted on 06/28/2009 10:11:58 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: Libloather

I guess she wasn’t paying attention in the Sex Ed. classes. Maybe the cucumber threw her off. Oh well, the taxpayers probably don’t mind picking up the tab. No wonder the education cost per student in the U.S. is so high.


3 posted on 06/28/2009 10:13:45 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Hey America! How's that "hope and change" thing working out?)
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To: 4rcane
I don't know, if this is provable fact: The two of them had been seen alone in his vehicle. The two of them had been seen alone in his classroom in what was described as a public display of affection," Gomez said. "Kids had gone to the administration complaining about the two of them."

And the administration did do nothing about it, then I think there is definately a level of culpability for the district here. Being alone in a vehicle doesn't prove much, but reports of them being alone displaying affection in a classroom??? That gets reported to the administration and nothing is done? I think if that's true you definately have culpability.

Sitting by while you know a crime is happening definately creates a problem.

4 posted on 06/28/2009 10:22:53 PM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: 4rcane

so now they’ve made her a whore.


5 posted on 06/28/2009 10:24:32 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: FlingWingFlyer

On the one hand, there is no doubt the teacher took advantage of a young girl, but it is purely bullshit when Gomez the lawyer says “it’s not about the money” ($1.25mln).


6 posted on 06/28/2009 10:24:48 PM PDT by umgud (Look to gov't to solve your everday problems and they'll control your everday life.)
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To: Libloather

“School districts do next to nothing to prevent it, [or] TO TRAIN TEACHERS”

HAHAHA, training, I thought it was as easy as just don’t do it. Ah, never mind, thats too simplistic.


7 posted on 06/28/2009 10:32:11 PM PDT by FreeSouthernAmerican (All we ask is to be let alone----Jefferson Davis)
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To: umgud

The monetary figure is necessary to punish an entity with as much sheer cash as the school district. I will concede that, whatever the damage, just giving raw cash to the victim is inappropriate and will likely cause her even more problems.


8 posted on 06/28/2009 10:37:50 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Libloather
It was the teacher that should and the school district that should’ve known what rape was all about and if it takes a million and quarter dollar award to explain it, so be it.

Maybe some jail time will help with the comprehension part of a teacher's responsibility to their students.

9 posted on 06/28/2009 10:58:05 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: FreeSouthernAmerican
Yep - pretty simple!

In defense of teachers, it's pretty easy to be accused of misconduct, not that I know anyone who has been...but that's why some folks forego closing off their office windows; it's distracting to have all the "hall traffic" going by and peering in, but there's no chance of being falsely accused of misconduct when anyone can see in anytime!

Of course, that's not quite the case here, apparently...these incidents were obviously viewed, and compromising...but was the student also "displaying affection"?? That would make a small difference. and I doubt the 1.5 MILLION dollar settlement was assessed to the errant teacher's personal "wealth".

I wonder if the student ended up graduating? Going on to college?

I guess this would be the place to say "tort reform"...good luck with that! But it's disgusting, and so unfair to all the good teachers and students out there to have these deadbeats cost the taxpayers this completely wasted and unnecessary lawsuit money.

10 posted on 06/28/2009 10:59:16 PM PDT by 88keys (First one in, turn the lights back on...)
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To: Libloather

The article said — “These teachers need a reality check,” Gomez said. “And also they need to know that if they suspect anything at all they don’t stand around the water cooler talking about it — they go to the police, they go to CPS, they do the right thing.”

Ah yes... the mentality of the Obama Administration. We’re all supposed to be turning in our neighbors for everything that we suspect, true or not, rumor or not — just send all the allegations and rumors to Obama, care of the White House and he’ll take care of the culprits, all right... LOL...


11 posted on 06/28/2009 11:16:26 PM PDT by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: 88keys

You asked — I wonder if the student ended up graduating? Going on to college?

Well, she has enough money now for a private tutor and all the money she needs for the best college... :-)


12 posted on 06/28/2009 11:17:56 PM PDT by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: Star Traveler
1984.............HAHAHA, sorry, just re-read it and it has some strikingly creepy similarities to things that this administration wants to do.
13 posted on 06/28/2009 11:19:10 PM PDT by FreeSouthernAmerican (All we ask is to be let alone----Jefferson Davis)
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To: FreeSouthernAmerican

You said — HAHAHA, training, I thought it was as easy as just don’t do it. Ah, never mind, thats too simplistic.

Yeah.... “don’t screw around with the kids...”

That should do it..., huh? :-)

[... no, I mean really, that “should” do it... shouldn’t it? ...]


14 posted on 06/28/2009 11:19:59 PM PDT by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: Star Traveler

One would think, but don’t forget we have to take empathy into account now. The students feelings. The teacher’s feelings. The admin’s feelings.


15 posted on 06/28/2009 11:25:08 PM PDT by FreeSouthernAmerican (All we ask is to be let alone----Jefferson Davis)
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To: FreeSouthernAmerican

Oh yeah...


I FEEL GOOD
James Brown

Whoa-oa-oa! I feel good, I knew that I would, now
I feel good, I knew that I would, now
So good, so good, I got you

Whoa! I feel nice, like sugar and spice
I feel nice, like sugar and spice
So nice, so nice, I got you

{ sax, two licks to bridge }

When I hold you in my arms
I know that I can’t do no wrong
and when I hold you in my arms
My love won’t do you no harm

and I feel nice, like sugar and spice
I feel nice, like sugar and spice
So nice, so nice, I got you

{ sax, two licks to bridge }

When I hold you in my arms
I know that I can’t do no wrong
and when I hold you in my arms
My love can’t do me no harm

and I feel nice, like sugar and spice
I feel nice, like sugar and spice
So nice, so nice, I got you

Whoa! I feel good, I knew that I would, now
I feel good, I knew that I would
So good, so good, I got you
So good, so good, I got you
So good, so good, I got you
HEY!!


That should do it... (on the other hand, was that what the teacher was saying? ... :-) ...)


16 posted on 06/28/2009 11:27:21 PM PDT by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: Star Traveler

To the plaintiff - make sure the check is certified funds. This is CA, it could bounce!


17 posted on 06/28/2009 11:56:50 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

You said — To the plaintiff - make sure the check is certified funds. This is CA, it could bounce!

Uhhh... yeah!

But, let me tell you... these days, that doesn’t even make a difference any more. They can come back in and take the money back after 60 days or so, if they want. Banks have done it to other people.

The best way is to get it cashed and remove it out of an account (physically) so that it’s not “transferred” (the transfer can be undone, and the receiving bank can have a “hold” in it for a while, too...).


18 posted on 06/29/2009 12:00:28 AM PDT by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: Libloather
Teachers Union should pay this. They are the ones that provide the ‘professional’ labor that requires ‘professional’ salaries, benefits, working conditions and pensions.
19 posted on 06/29/2009 4:46:20 AM PDT by Leisler ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged."~G.K. Chesterton)
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To: Libloather

Why is the school paying out instead of the guy who commited the act????


20 posted on 06/29/2009 5:14:16 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Because as a parent, when I send my daughter to school I expect the school department to act in place of the parent.

If the school was not complicit in the sexual relationship (knowing about it and not reporting it) the settlement would not have been as high.

They knew about the relationship and did not report it. They should all be sued individually as well. Then they should be boiled alive. They are supposed to protect our children, not screw them and cover it up.

This is one case where the amount could not be high enough.


21 posted on 06/29/2009 5:18:41 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (Ein Volk, Ein Riech, Ein Ein.)
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To: Vermont Lt

And by act as a parent, I mean act in place of the the parent to insure safety and protection from harm—this is not an “abrogate responsibility” rant. This has nothing to do with “teaching”, it has to do with physical protection from harm.


22 posted on 06/29/2009 5:20:59 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (Ein Volk, Ein Riech, Ein Ein.)
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To: Vermont Lt

A well reasoned answer.


23 posted on 06/29/2009 5:22:06 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: 4rcane

Our schools are NOT private (free) whore houses for teachers. The teacher should be shot.


24 posted on 06/29/2009 5:23:17 AM PDT by GOPJ (Iran's leaders have the same values as ACORN & Alinsky- no wonder they assumed Obama wouldn't object)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I’d like to see a multi-million dollar class action lawsuit against the NEA for all these predatory teachers. To my knowledge the NEA does not have a program or a screening process for their membership when it comes to things like this. They are obviously culpable because the majority of these teachers are NEA members. Any lawyers out there listening?


25 posted on 06/29/2009 5:24:28 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: Vermont Lt
They should all be sued individually as well.

You're right. Each one of them should be sued. Our schools are NOT private (free) whore houses for "teachers".

26 posted on 06/29/2009 5:24:46 AM PDT by GOPJ (Iran's leaders have the same values as ACORN & Alinsky- no wonder they assumed Obama wouldn't object)
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To: AD from SpringBay
I’d like to see a multi-million dollar class action lawsuit against the NEA for all these predatory teachers.

What about "teachers" colleges? Are they teaching ethics classes?

Are background checks being done? Private enterprise checks for psychopaths - is the school system doing the same? And if not - they should also be sued. Collectively and individually.

Our schools aren't free private whore houses for "teachers". Sue 'em, lock 'em up and throw away the key.

27 posted on 06/29/2009 5:28:34 AM PDT by GOPJ (Iran's leaders have the same values as ACORN & Alinsky- no wonder they assumed Obama wouldn't object)
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To: GOPJ

I concur... Let’s also look into where these teachers used to work and why they moved. There is probably a recidivism with some of them - moved to shut up the parents and pass the problem on to the next district.


28 posted on 06/29/2009 5:36:40 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: AD from SpringBay

Then sue the schools they came from too. It’s the only thing the “education establishment” cares about - money.


29 posted on 06/29/2009 5:45:11 AM PDT by GOPJ (Iran's leaders have the same values as ACORN & Alinsky- no wonder they assumed Obama wouldn't object)
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To: GOPJ

And it would drain some of the money out of the teachers’ union.


30 posted on 06/29/2009 5:47:55 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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