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Teacherís Sex Trial Focuses on Etiquette Questions (NYT)
The NY Times ^ | March 15, 2007 | ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS

Posted on 03/15/2007 6:05:53 PM PDT by summer

Should teachers offer advice on what color underwear is the right color for their students? Should students give roses to their teachers on Valentine’s Day?

A criminal trial is not normally the place where you might expect to hear questions worthy of consideration by Miss Manners.

But a Manhattan jury was asked to ponder such etiquette questions on Thursday — to the evident amusement of some of them — in the statutory rape trial of Lina Sinha, the East Side private school principal and teacher accused of having sex with two of her junior high school students.

On the witness stand was Olivia Jones, a former assistant pre-kindergarten and French teacher for nine months in 2002 at the Montessori School of New York, where Ms. Sinha was the principal.

Ms. Jones, now 28, contacted the Manhattan district attorney’s office in October, 2005, after reading a newspaper account of Ms. Sinha’s arrest on statutory rape charges, to float the name of a second possible victim, according to earlier testimony from a detective.

The boy she named has indeed come to be identified by prosecutors as the second of two victims. Ms. Sinha, 40, denies the charges but admits to an adult romance gone bad with the first accuser, who is now 24 and a New York City police officer. The second boy, now 19, is a convicted drug dealer, who testified that he had sex with Ms. Sinha when he was 12 and enjoyed it...

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: hitit; naughtyteacherlist; principal; sextrial; student; teacher
Bearing in mind there is always the possibility a person is being falsely accused, and may be totally innocent of the alleged charges, I still find this headline extremely offensive and disturbing. It makes it sound like a trial about the rape of a child is equivalent to the "no-no" of not having a hankie on hand, or wearing white shoes in winter, or something trivial like that. It's really not a trivial matter, the alleged rape of a child -- but it sure sounds that way from this headline.
1 posted on 03/15/2007 6:06:01 PM PDT by summer
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To: AmishDude; Cicero; Right Wing Professor; Dianna

FYI.


2 posted on 03/15/2007 6:06:35 PM PDT by summer
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To: summer
...he had sex with Ms. Sinha when he was 12 and enjoyed it.

You dont say.

3 posted on 03/15/2007 6:13:53 PM PDT by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> (*[: {()
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To: summer

The NYTimes wouldn't have found this so amusing if it had been a 12 year girl and a 40 year old teacher.


4 posted on 03/15/2007 6:15:09 PM PDT by fortcollins
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To: summer
You would think most educators and administrators would be a lot more careful in how they approach their students in lieu of the Mary Kay Laterneau debacle. Especially a vice principal.

...And you're right, the headline is offensive and disturbing to say the least.
5 posted on 03/15/2007 6:18:31 PM PDT by T Lady (The Mainstream Media: Public Enemy #1)
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To: fortcollins

12 yo boy and male teacher would be okay in their book, though.


6 posted on 03/15/2007 6:19:52 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY (QMC(SW) Ret.)
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To: summer
Should teachers offer advice on what color underwear is the right color for their students? Should students give roses to their teachers on Valentine’s Day? But a Manhattan jury was asked to ponder such etiquette questions on Thursday — to the evident amusement of some of them — in the statutory rape trial of Lina Sinha, the East Side private school principal and teacher accused of having sex with two of her junior high school students.

The underwear issue is totally inappropriate. The roses is cute. But to equate them with teachers having sex with students is way out of line. Statutory rape is not an etiquette question, it's a criminal matter.

If it were a male teacher, he's be labeled a pedophile. I'm sick of the double standard that let's it be OK if it's an adult woman and young male.

7 posted on 03/15/2007 6:34:57 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger; 2Jedismom; Aggie Mama; agrace; Antoninus; arbooz; bboop; BlackElk; blu; cgk; ...

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8 posted on 03/15/2007 6:36:19 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: summer

Any teacher male or female that has sex with a 12 yr old needs to go to jail IMO.


9 posted on 03/15/2007 7:03:22 PM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: summer; Rodney King; jasoncann
Don'cha know 'bout 'naughty teacher' FR posting protocol? Gotta have a pic so's the alledged perp can get a fair 'trial'!

Helpin' ya out here...

The jury suspends the charge...

10 posted on 03/16/2007 10:11:12 AM PDT by GoldCountryRedneck ("There are no stupid questions. There are, however, many inquisitive idiots." - unknown)
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To: GoldCountryRedneck

I think 12 is a little young, now, if he was 15, she'd be innocent.


11 posted on 03/16/2007 1:54:10 PM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: GoldCountryRedneck

Thank you for the pic. Clearly, not guilty! :)


12 posted on 03/16/2007 2:54:00 PM PDT by Continental Soldier
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To: GoldCountryRedneck

If it was high school, she'd walk.


14 posted on 03/16/2007 4:53:36 PM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: GoldCountryRedneck

Looks innocent enough to me.


15 posted on 03/16/2007 4:55:04 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (How do I change my screen name after Harper's election?)
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