North Gulfport 7th and 8th Grade teacher Catryna L. Martin has been arrested on charges accusing her of sex crimes against a former student she’d apparently been tutoring at her home. Martin is accused of having a sexual relationship with the girl while she was at her teacher’s home for tutoring. Harrison County Justice Court Judge set Martin’s bond at $1 million.
There seems to be an epidemic of such situations in the US lately…these teachers, people in positions of trust, are violating much more than a simple case of trust…they are sexual predators. What can the state do to try and curb such behavior from our educators?
The state has a bill, HB 1196, which would strengthen the case against such violations.
HB 1196 states:
AN ACT TO REQUIRE SUPERINTENDENTS OF ANY PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SCHOOL DISTRICT OR THEIR DESIGNEE TO REPORT ALL INSTANCES OF EDUCATOR MISCONDUCT AND UNLAWFUL ACTIVITY TO THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION; TO PROVIDE THE GROUNDS REQUIRED FOR REPORTING THE MISCONDUCT; TO IMPOSE THE TIME REQUIRED FOR SUBMITTING THOSE REPORTS TO THE DEPARTMENT; TO PROVIDE IMMUNITY FROM CIVIL AND CRIMINAL LIABILITY TO SUPERINTENDENTS OR THEIR DESIGNEE FILING A REPORT WITH THE DEPARTMENT; TO AMEND SECTION 97-5-24, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REQUIRE THE PRINCIPAL AND SUPERINTENDENT TO REPORT EMPLOYEES HAVING A POSITION OF AUTHORITY OR SPECIAL TRUST ACCUSED OF HAVING SEXUAL INVOLVEMENT WITH A MINOR CHILD ENROLLED IN THE DISTRICT TO THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY WITH JURISDICTION AND TO THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION; TO AMEND SECTION 97-29-3, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO INCREASE THE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION OF TEACHERS AND STUDENTS ENGAGING IN SEXUAL INTERCOURSE ONE WITH THE OTHER; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
This would help the state track any and all violations from ANY teacher that had committed any such offense. It would have kept the entire state and its different school systems safer from sexual predators.
But if you have noticed….I have been using the past ense…and I would bet you like to knoe why…..that one is really simple…..HB 1196 died in committee on 12 Feb 09 and Martin was arrested a day or so later. Will there be a motion to reconsider?
This is where there is a break down in the legislative system…they have plenty of time patting people on the back and naming bridges and highways…but real import issues somehow just cannot make it through the system.
Think about their track records, not their bill introductions, but rather what did they actually accomplish; when they ask for your vote the next election…….personally I would vote for my dog before any of the ones that hold office at this time…at least she could do no worse than them.