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
Teacher on Leave for Saying Teacher-Student Sex Is OK
The arrest of these two teachers accused of having sex with students was what apparently set colleague Sean Kane off.   (Ugruys News)

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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