When you enroll your child in a school, you are led to believe that they are about to receive the best start in life. Why? because education is, of course, one of the most important things in a child’s life. It’s a necessity if you want them to be able to navigate the world in which they inhabit.
Of course, education comes in a variety of forms. There are those who are homeschooled, those who go to a state school and those who are sent to prestigious public schools. Despite the different learning environments that each type of schooling provides, there is one fundamental thing that remains consistent with them all: student safety.
However, many female teachers take advantage of your trust with their children:
When you send your child off to the classroom, you expect them to come away enriched by the lessons they’ve learned and tales they’ve been told. Having been to school yourself, you know there is a chance they may get the odd cruel comment from another kid, but you think that’s the worst that could happen.
Of course, the latest tragedy at Parkland school is a stark reminder that the classroom isn’t necessarily the safe haven you’d expect. In addition to that, a different teacher is named and shamed in the news each week for inappropriate behavior with students.
One of the latest teachers to be brought to justice is Stephanie Henry Pruett, a 28-year-old history and Bible teacher from Alabama. Pruett, a teacher at Weaver High School in Calhoun County, was arrested for her inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old student.
The married mother-of-one is alleged to have pursued a relationship with the student, whom she started seeing in October last year.
If she is found to be guilty she could face up to 20 years in prison.
According to Pruett’s biography on the school website, which has since been deactivated, she’d only been employed at Weaver High School for one year. Before that, according to People, she worked at Jacksonville State University as an academic mentor.
“I enjoy spending time with my family, including my wonderful husband…my insanely sweet and intelligent son, and our three dogs, Madison, Quinn, and Bella,” Pruett wrote in her online biography for the school’s website. “I love the fall and traveling!”
Talking to AL.com, Calhoun County Sheriff Matthew Wade said how he found the news “disturbing and troubling.”
“It’s sad that a woman who has a family and went to college to become an educator is giving that all up,” he said. “I just don’t understand why she went down that path. It’s very disturbing and troubling.”
Meanwhile, the school’s principal Michael Allison told ABC 33/40: “Wrong is wrong. She broke a trust. As a principal, I can’t say how disappointed I am that she crossed that line that no teacher should cross.”
Pruett is currently suspended from Weaver High School with pay whilst her case is investigated. If found guilty of engaging in a sexual act with a student, then Pruett will have to register as a sex offender and serve a prison sentence which could be set at 20 years.
No doubt you too are confused by Pruett’s motives, it would appear that she had a happy home life with her husband and young son. So, if true, why did she engage in an affair with a student whilst knowing full well that her actions had severe consequences?