The criminalization of consensual sex between adults is immoral, and it’s playing out in a particularly obnoxious way right now: Kennedale High School teacher Brittni Nicole Colleps turned herself in to Arlington police to face charges of “inappropriate relationships” with five male students. If the reports are true that all of her consenting partners are eighteen or over, then Tarrant County residents who care about the right to privacy should be concerned now.
It seems Colleps committed a felony because state law says that sexual relationships between teachers and their adult students need to be policed and prosecuted. “We’re concerned that a trust has been violated,” declared the spokesperson for the Arlington police. I agree, a trust has been violated – that is, the expectation that adults can choose with whom they’re intimate (however reckless, unwise or ethically questionable the choice may be) and not face criminal proceedings for it.
I understand why public schools would restrict teachers and adult students from sharing certain extracurricular activities: If the charges are true, Colleps should be facing censure and termination by her school district employers. But not a felony rap sheet and tons of local media coverage about her sex life. This ain’t right, people. (And yes, I will resist the urge to imbed Van Halen’s “Hot For Teacher” in this blog post).