Allenna Ward: All the News That’s Fit to Print

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Just like any normal person, I am fascinated by stories about female teachers who have sex with their students. It seems like a recent phenomenon, but perhaps it’s just coming to light now. Mary Kay Letourneau will always be my favorite, but I’ve just read about Allenna Ward, a married, 23 year old middle school teacher who has admitted to having sex with five of her students, all aged 14 and 15.

Allenna Ward is a white Minister’s daughter from South Carolina, and her ‘victims’ were all black. I learned this by googling her after reading a small item about her in the Los Angeles Times. In the Times, there was no mention of race.

I assume that the race aspect was left out in a concession to political correctness. But to my mind, this is part of the story. It’s not the whole story, but it’s significant. I’ve tried to figure out a reason for it’s significance that doesn’t strike me as racist, and I’ve come up with this: By having sex with black boys, this white teacher has crossed yet another boundary, besides the one that forbids physical intimacy between teacher and student. I don’t want my newspaper to decide what part of a story is too racially inflammatory to report.

Opinions, anyone? Meanwhile, here is the mother lode of stuff about ‘women predators on campus.’

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3 Responses to Allenna Ward: All the News That’s Fit to Print

  1. Nicole says:

    There’s so many of them!!! Unbelievable. I see young pimply, pubescent teens and I can’t think what the appeal would be? Deflowering? eewwwww

  2. Tim says:

    Doll- as is to be expected you have an amazing perspective on these matters. I agree- race is an important factor here- not because it is taboo to have sexual relations between races but because we still consider differences in the human race, well different. Aren’t we all a part of the human race? Except of course for George Bush and Larry Craig.

  3. margaret says:

    Also, doesn’t it seem that this happens more with female teachers and male students? I wonder how many of these teachers were abuse victims themselves? Not to excuse it, but it might explain the “why pimply teens” part of it. It’s obviously got to do with power, and you’re right that the ethnicity thing adds a whole other layer to that.

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