Another day, another story about a teacher having sex with a teenage student. Strangely though, more and more of these reports are about female teachers and schoolboys. Why is it that we react so differently when the stereotypical gender roles are reversed?
If the phrase ‘teacher student relationship’ makes you immediately recoil with images of male teachers preying on their vulnerable young female students – you’re not alone.
However the picture that we conjure in our own minds doesn’t necessarily match the reality. This week two instances of female teachers in sexual relationships with their young male students have come to light, which begs the question: What makes an adult woman want to have sex with a schoolboy?
Kelly Burgess, 26, a drama teacher from Wales has been charged with sexual offences against a teenage boy.
The high school drama teacher is facing four allegations of sexual behaviour with the boy who was in her classes.
At this stage the authorities have not revealed the boy's exact age. But we know that he is under 18 and could possibly be as young as 13.
Burgess reportedly got to know the schoolboy while directing a school musical during the 2013 school year and has been suspended from teaching until she faces court in March.
This comes on top of reports that high school teacher Nikki Scherwitz, also 26, a teacher in the US state of Texas, will escape jail despite having had sex with a 16-year-old male student.
Their sexual relationship began when Scherwitz turned up to the school prom after-party, drunk and wearing a ripped t-shirt. She's been fined $5600 and sentenced to ten years probation. Given that sex with a minor accounts to statutory rape in Texas, the sentence is surprisingly light and appears to have been made so because of the clear remorse Scherwitz showed. She penned this apology letter to the school: