Michigan lawmakers would like to throw cold water on any kind of hot-for-teacher situations … even if the student involved is over 18. A bill that cleared a Senate committee would bar school employees from having sex with students even if they were of legal age, says the Grand Rapids Press.
“A school employee should never have sex with somebody they have authority over,” said Republican state Sen. Rick Jones.
The bill “would amend state law that says a school employee is guilty of criminal sexual assault for having sex with a student between the ages of 16 and 18, removing the upper limit on the age.” Democratic state Sen. Steve Bieda was concerned that the law would include school employees close in age to 18-year-old students, including student teachers and volunteers, but Jones said that it’s not age but the feeling of pressure to succumb to authority that matters.
“If a 45-year-old wants to go back to school and finish up her diploma, she shouldn’t have to fend off advances,” Jones said.