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Married teacher who told 15-year-old schoolboy she loved him, pleaded he was not a predator but ‘just pathetic’


A married teacher who told a 15-year-old schoolboy she loved him in one of thousands of emails and texts has claimed he was «not a predator, just pathetic».

The woman had been teaching for just over three years when she was suspended for allegedly having «inappropriate» and «manipulative» interactions with the teenager.

The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) heard she exchanged more than 1200 emails with her pupil over a six-week period.

Among the messages were ones where she wrote ‘you don’t like that I’m married, do you?’ and ‘professional teacher my other half is really relieved to see you go. Sorry. You know how the other half feels.’

After the teenager left school, the teacher sent him more than 3,600 text messages in less than a week, from September 21 to 27, 2018.

A married teacher who told a 15-year-old schoolboy she loved him in one of thousands of emails and texts claimed he was not a ‘predator but pathetic’ (picture)

These reports included her writing that «I think it would be wonderful. If We Were Closer in Age» and «You Know I Want You.»

Another said: “You’re beautiful and I’m so sorry I broke you. I didn’t mean to.»

In one of the emails found by QCAT to be “inappropriate”, the teacher told the boy: “I know I have done wrong but I have nothing to hide either.

“I will not deny anything and I will stand by every word I have ever said to you.

In the same email sent on September 27, 2018, she wrote «you have me forever». Please come back when you are 18′.

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The regulator also found she invited the former student to her home and encouraged him to lie to his parents about meeting her, asking: ‘You want to go to my place, I can get you.’

QCAT noted her initial response to the allegations «was dismissive, lacked insight and attempted to shift some of the blame onto the student by reference to his physical appearance and the alleged attention he paid to her».

The woman initially denied claims that she had caused the student any emotional or psychological distress or that she was a danger to her students.

«My feelings for the student developed because he’s an amazing person who physically looks a lot older than he actually is, and I was in a poor enough space not to cut off his attention,» she said.

“I made it clear that nothing would happen until he was an adult. No predator, just a wretch.’

But the educator she later expressed «significant feelings of shame and regret» and voluntarily surrendered her teaching registration.

«This was the biggest mistake of my life and I deeply regret my actions and the harm I caused my former student,» she said.

“If I could go back in time and change everything I would do.

“I am no longer that person and I cringe with shame and disgust when I think of my actions and how they affected my former student.

“I really hope he didn’t have any lasting effects and that he’s doing well.

The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal heard the teacher exchanged more than 1200 emails (pictured) with her pupil over a six-week period.

The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal heard the teacher exchanged more than 1200 emails (pictured) with her pupil over a six-week period.

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QCAT found the teacher’s emails and text messages to the boy were sent when there was a power imbalance between them and were inappropriate and manipulative.

«The student was a young impressionable 15-year-old boy and (the teacher) was forcing him to make decisions about his future when he may not have been ready to do so,» the tribunal’s decision, published on Friday, said. he said.

The woman is banned from teaching for three years retroactive to her suspension.

She must be evaluated by a psychologist before she can teach again.



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