Teacher on Leave for Saying Teacher-Student Sex Is OK

Sean Kane Facebook rant: Students at sex party should've 'kept stupid mouths shut'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2015 11:36 AM CST
The arrest of these two teachers accused of having sex with students was what apparently set colleague Sean Kane off.   (Ugruys News)

(Newser) – Two female teachers at West Covina's South Hills High School were arrested on suspicion of having sex with students, and not only is their co-worker, art teacher Sean Kane, upset about their arrests—he apparently thinks teacher-student sex is OK all around, the Los Angeles Times reports. Kane, a teacher in the LA district since 2001, is on paid leave after a an alleged Facebook rant that said students involved in the busted sex party should've kept their "stupid mouths shut and enjoyed it"; he also referenced how teacher-student sex was an accepted thing back when he was a student, per the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. (The New York Daily News has what appears to be a screenshot of the full post; Kane's account has since disappeared from the site.) A district official confirmed the post to the Times, and a spokeswoman tells KABC that the post demonstrated an "appearance of impropriety."

Some students have taken to Twitter with the #FreeKane hashtag to defend the art teacher, though at least one poster feeds into the speculation about his inappropriateness: "Seriously, I have him for art right now and I have to say that I am not surprised about the post. You should see him in class." Some parents aren't happy about this development, especially considering the school's other recent issues: A wrestling coach there was arrested earlier this month for allegedly having sex with one of the teen girls on his team, while a ceramics teacher has been sued (along with the district) for allegedly choking and publicly berating a former student, the Daily News notes. "[Kane] needs to be fired, too," one parent tells NBC. "If he feels that they should've kept their mouth closed, or … that it's OK, what is he doing behind closed doors?" (A Louisiana teen bragged about having a threesome with two teachers.)

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