Head of the Class

Kalyn D. Thompson mug shot.

Thompson may be cute, but her decision-making skills need some work (Creek County PD)

High school students face all sorts of challenges these days, from cyberbullying and gun threats to ridiculous end-of-year testing and increasingly competitive college admissions requirements. This makes getting to the so-called “head of the class” even more difficult—unless you attend Kellyville High School in Oklahoma, that is.

Creek County police recently arrested 25-year-old teacher Kalyn Thompson and charged her with the second-degree rape of a 17-year-old male student. Apparently, she was caught exchanging text messages of a sexual nature with this young man—messages that were eventually intercepted by his mother—and the subsequent police investigation revealed even more: Thompson had sex with her student on two occasions and even altered his grade as a result!

He must have been very skilled in the bedroom—or motel room, whatever the case may be.

According to police, the victim was “flunking English last semester but currently has a 98 percent grade point average.” That’s quite a turnaround for any student, much less one who’s been tapping his teacher. Of course, this raised a red flag for the parents of this mediocre student—more so than a C or D would have, I’m sure.

Detention never looked like this when I was in school (Odisha Affairs)

Staff at Kellyville High discovered Thompson’s naughty affair last month after spotting her in the victim’s truck away from school grounds. They took photos and reported the clandestine relationship to authorities, who likely would have arrested Thompson if she hadn’t turned herself in last week. She had already resigned from her position at the school, so it was only a matter of time before she “faced the music” anyway.

Although the age of consent in Oklahoma is 16—which seems a little low to me—Thompson still faces rape charges because teachers are considered to be authority figures—people who are supposed to know better, in other words. And even if she is cleared of these charges, odds are she will never work in education again.

That’s a real shame for any other students hoping to complete “extra credit” in her English class!

Posted on May 19, 2014, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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