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Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:22 PM




Modesto teacher quits job, leaves wife, moves in with 18-year-old student


A 41-year-old high school teacher in Modesto has resigned and moved in with an 18-year-old student.
The reaction has been largely shock, disapproval and betrayal.
The teen's mother has waged a very public campaign on Facebook since last week, when her daughter moved out of the family's home and into a Modesto apartment with the man. He has left his wife and children, one of whom is a junior at the same school, Enochs High.
Modesto police are investigating whether there was inappropriate contact before the girl turned 18 in the fall.
And school district and teachers union officials worry that an ethical and moral line has been crossed, even if the student is legally an adult.
James Hooker was placed on paid administrative leave Feb. 3 by Modesto City Schools and resigned Feb. 22, he said Tuesday. Hooker taught business and computer classes, and he was an adviser to three active campus clubs.
"In making our choice, we've hurt a lot of people," Hooker acknowledged. "We keep asking ourselves, 'Do we make everyone else happy or do we follow our hearts?'"
Hooker and Enochs senior Jordan Powers said Tuesday in an interview at The Bee that they are making a life for themselves "day by day."
Powers was in Hooker's virtual business class and an associated club until his suspension. They said they met when she was a freshman.
Tammie Powers, Jordan's mother, said she believes Hooker pursued her daughter. She
said her daughter's grades fell this year, and Jordan had panic attacks.
"I believe it was the stress of the lie," Tammie Powers said. She said her daughter was "always compliant," kept her room tidy at their Waterford home and minded her curfew. No R-rated movies until she was of age. No lone trips to the mall or the movies.
"I was really, really careful. I wanted her to be safe," she said.
"In hindsight, in retrospect, I should have looked at things differently," Powers said.
Powers said her first inkling that her daughter was involved with her teacher came Jan. 16, during her young son's trip to the emergency room. Hooker came to the hospital with her daughter, who left her phone with an older sister.
The sister, suspicious, found dozens of text messages from Hooker. Powers said when she confronted her daughter, she denied any romance existed. Still worried, Powers contacted Modesto police detectives the next day.
Looking back over phone records, she said she found an estimated 8,000 text messages between the teacher and student going back through the summer. In the fall, about 32 texts a day, starting at 6 a.m. were recorded, she said.
School officials contacted her about a week later with concerns, she said. Discussions between police, school and the family continued for another week, ending with Hooker's suspension Feb. 3.
At that point, Powers said, she was assured by school officials that Hooker would stay away, and her daughter said she was done with Hooker.
"She promised me they didn't have contact. I didn't know until last week there was a sexual relationship. We didn't see any of it," Powers said.
Jordan Powers' father died in 2001. Tammie Powers is engaged, and her fiance and one of his children live with them, along with Jordan's younger brother. The mother said her fiance "is horrified, but he's not going to fight with him."
On Facebook, Powers has called Hooker "an arrogant pervert," among other things, and urged readers to "help get the word out" about his involvement with a student.
The hundreds of responses are, for the most part, supportive of her. Many express disbelief.
David Wainwright posted that he sees teacher and student as complicit in the relationship, then added: "I just wouldn't of expected this from my fav teacher. What is the world coming to?"
Modesto City Schools Superintendent Pam Able confirmed Hooker's resignation Tuesday morning.
"Allegations of Mr. Hooker having a relationship with a student is the source of great concern for staff, students and parents. I consider student-teacher dating relationships to be not only unprofessional, but immoral," Able said via e-mail.
Modesto City Schools Board President Ruben Villalobos said Tuesday: "Schools need to be a safe place. Anything less than that is a failure." He said he could not comment on the case, but said in general teacher-student romances are wrong "because of that unequal balance of power."
Such relationships are rare, said Megan Gowans, executive director of the Modesto Teachers Association. She said the union offers training about lines teachers should not cross, even with adult students. "In the teacher-student relationship, there's a professional expectation that doesn't stop at age 18," Gowans said.
Career may be over
Hooker knows his decisions may have cost him his teaching career. He taught business courses for 15 years and advised three campus clubs -- Future Business Leaders of America, Mock Trial Club and Virtual Business Club.
Extra jobs such as the clubs earned Hooker $28,000 in added pay in 2009, the latest figures immediately available. District records show Hooker made $110,537 that year.
Enochs Principal Michael Coats said Tuesday that a new business teacher has been found, and teachers will step in to advise the club teams. Coats has assured parents contacting the school that students in Hooker's classes will get credit for their work.
Hooker said he is forbidden to have contact with the students or staff at Enochs.
Hooker and Jordan Powers said their relationship was strictly teacher-student until mid-December, when they started talking more frequently and then dated. "I just kind of knew that she's the one," he said.
Powers turned 18 on Sept. 5, and Modesto police say that makes her a consenting adult. However, Lt. Rick Armendariz said there is an ongoing investigation involving a high school teacher and student.
Hooker confirmed Tuesday that he remains the object of a police probe. He said he is confident he will be cleared of accusations that any physical relationship started while Powers was a minor.
"There's no evidence of that. There's no proof of that. It didn't exist," Hooker said.
He said the criticism is part of a campaign of lies he and Powers face online and in person. "I've been portrayed as a monster through all of this," Hooker said. "I'm not a monster. I'm not any different than I've always been."
Powers sat quietly by Hooker's side as he spoke Tuesday. She said she is on independent study and doesn't attend classes at Enochs, but intends to graduate and enroll in a four-year college to become a nurse. "I'm walking the stage in May," she said.
Hooker said he hopes to get a job in the private sector. "We're just taking it day by day," he said.
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:25 PM

James Hooker. The name says it all.
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:25 PM

James Hooker, name says it all :lol:
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:28 PM

James Hooker, it's all in the name.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:28 PM

Sure, following his 'heart'...taking advantage of a kid is what it is.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:28 PM

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:28 PM

James Hooker, name says it all :lol:

James Hooker, it's all in the name.


Not sure if telepathic, or just coincidence...

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:32 PM

As strange as it sounds.... if he wasn't her teacher, this wouldn't make news.....
So far, it seems that nothing inappropriate occurred when she was a minor... so technically they're not doing anything wrong.

Still, he's a d-bag for just abandoning his wife and kids though.
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:35 PM

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:42 PM

Ok, did anyone giggle when the read the name?



 


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Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:43 PM

As strange as it sounds.... if he wasn't her teacher, this wouldn't make news.....
So far, it seems that nothing inappropriate occurred when she was a minor... so technically they're not doing anything wrong.

Still, he's a d-bag for just abandoning his wife and kids though.


Agree on the first point, entirely disagree on the second. To say humans have evolved as monogamous is wrong, and to stay in a marriage in order to fulfill some social norm is even more so. He didn't leave because he's a douchebag, he left because he felt it was the right thing to do. Further, unhappy marriages where both parents are in it for the kids are not the recipe to a healthy atmosphere for the children.

So long as he didn't have a relationship with her while she was his student, I see no problem with this situation whatsoever. It's just adults having adult relationships, and that includes Ms. Powers.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:48 PM

As strange as it sounds.... if he wasn't her teacher, this wouldn't make news.....
So far, it seems that nothing inappropriate occurred when she was a minor... so technically they're not doing anything wrong.

Still, he's a d-bag for just abandoning his wife and kids though.

The fact that he is her teacher is extremely relevant though, is it not?

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:49 PM

Agree on the first point, entirely disagree on the second. To say humans have evolved as monogamous is wrong, and to stay in a marriage in order to fulfill some social norm is even more so. He didn't leave because he's a douchebag, he left because he felt it was the right thing to do. Further, unhappy marriages where both parents are in it for the kids are not the recipe to a healthy atmosphere for the children.

So long as he didn't have a relationship with her while she was his student, I see no problem with this situation whatsoever. It's just adults having adult relationships, and that includes Ms. Powers.


Well, divorces are fine. I guess we just don't know exactly how the marriage ended. By the sound of it (article perhaps biased for omitting certain info), it sounds like he just got up and left one day.
Of course, if the marriage was on the rocks and it was just a matter of time before it ended, that's perfectly fine since it's mutual.

But for not taking consideration of the fact that he has a kid too, that's despicable. He should have waited until his daughter graduated or something, since she goes to the same school too.... and she'll be a very popular person now....
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:50 PM

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:51 PM

The fact that he is her teacher is extremely relevant though, is it not?


Only as far as the school's code of conduct takes it. Other than that, there's nothing immoral or illegal about this story.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:51 PM

The fact that he is her teacher is extremely relevant though, is it not?


That's only if something inappropriate occurred when she was still his student.


Eg. If you dated your hot teacher 5 years after the fact, anything wrong then?
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:54 PM

So? People do stuff everyday everywhere. Why are we talking about one wacko?

 


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Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:54 PM

Well, divorces are fine. I guess we just don't know exactly how the marriage ended. By the sound of it (article perhaps biased for omitting certain info), it sounds like he just got up and left one day.
Of course, if the marriage was on the rocks and it was just a matter of time before it ended, that's perfectly fine since it's mutual.

But for not taking consideration of the fact that he has a kid too, that's despicable. He should have waited until his daughter graduated or something, since she goes to the same school too.... and she'll be a very popular person now....


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Battling parents who stay together for the sake of the children may be doing their kids more harm than good.


That is the finding from a Canadian study, which was one of the first to measure the mental health of children both before and after divorce.


Children living in very dysfunctional families actually exhibited higher levels of antisocial behavior before their parents divorced than afterwards. The more dysfunctional the family was prior to divorce, the greater the children’s behavioral improvement following the event.


Kids whose parents eventually divorced also displayed higher levels of anxiety and depression before the breakup, compared with children whose parents did not divorce.


Researcher Lisa Strohschein, PhD, tells WebMD that the presumption that divorce is always bad ignores the negative impact of living in an unhappy, conflicted family.


“Perhaps we should pay more attention to what happens to kids in the period leading up to parental divorce rather than directing all our efforts to helping children after the event occurs,” she says.





How to Help Children Cope With Divorce






Dysfunction, Depression, and Divorce


In Canada, roughly half of all marriages end in divorce. Roughly 20 million American children live with only one parent, according to government figures.


Most previous studies examining the impact of divorce on children’s mental health have compared children of divorce to those who live with both biological parents. But few have looked at the family situation before divorce as it related to children’s mental health.


Using data from an ongoing child health registry in Canada, Strohschein followed roughly 2,900 children for four years. The children were on average about 5.5 years old, and were living in a household with both biological parents when they entered the study. The divorces occurred between 1994 and 1998.


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Mental Health Problems Before Divorce


Strohschein found that mental health differences between children whose parents broke up and children whose parents remained married existed long before the divorce took place.


Compared with parents who remained married, parents who divorced tended to be younger during the initial interview and they reported higher levels of family dysfunction, depression, and, not surprisingly, lower levels of marital satisfaction.


Children who lived in highly dysfunctional families exhibited more antisocial behavior, such as lying, cheating, and bullying. There was a significant decline in these behaviors following divorce.


The study is published in the December issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family.


“When kids are living in a noxious family environment where tensions are really high, the removal of one parent can relieve the stress,” Strohschein says.


Kids from unhappy, dysfunctional families also had more depression than other children both prior to and after their parents’ divorce.


Joint Custody Best for Most Children




‘Not Just Conflict’


Divorce researcher and psychologist Judith Primavera, PhD, says it is clear that children often fare better emotionally when embattled parents divorce.


Primavera is a psychology professor at Fairfield University in Connecticut.


“It is inescapably harmful to grow up in a highly dysfunctional, two-parent home, particularly one where there is any type of domestic violence going on,” she tells WebMD.


She adds that parents who do not fight, but, instead deal with unhappy marriages by having little to do with each other may also cause emotional harm to their children.


“It isn’t just conflict,” she says. "If mom and dad lead separate lives and the children see that there is no connection, staying married probably isn’t doing them any favors, either. Children learn about relationships by watching their parents.”


Post-Divorce Move Can Be Bad For Kids


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Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:55 PM

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:56 PM

Well, divorces are fine. I guess we just don't know exactly how the marriage ended. By the sound of it (article perhaps biased for omitting certain info), it sounds like he just got up and left one day.
Of course, if the marriage was on the rocks and it was just a matter of time before it ended, that's perfectly fine since it's mutual.

But for not taking consideration of the fact that he has a kid too, that's despicable. He should have waited until his daughter graduated or something, since she goes to the same school too.... and she'll be a very popular person now....


At least his daughter can take her mother's maiden name!

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:57 PM

I think the girls' family's campaign to ruin his life is the most immoral thing happening here.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:04 PM

That's only if something inappropriate occurred when she was still his student.


Eg. If you dated your hot teacher 5 years after the fact, anything wrong then?

As morally suspect as that is, no it's not wrong (at least on any legal level). But there's an implication that something was happening beforehand, if a former student moves in with her teacher when she becomes 18. That's why it's a story at least.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:05 PM

Well, divorces are fine. I guess we just don't know exactly how the marriage ended. By the sound of it (article perhaps biased for omitting certain info), it sounds like he just got up and left one day.
Of course, if the marriage was on the rocks and it was just a matter of time before it ended, that's perfectly fine since it's mutual.

But for not taking consideration of the fact that he has a kid too, that's despicable. He should have waited until his daughter graduated or something, since she goes to the same school too.... and she'll be a very popular person now....


Partners who stay together "for the kid's sake" do not do their kids any favours. They'd be better off splitting up and finding true happiness in their lives........that would be the best thing for the kids.

As far as the situation.......well, I'm a teacher, so obviously I hate seeing these kinds of scenarios come up. If they held off until she was an adult, it's not quite as bad, but dating a former student is never a good thing.......unless there's been a good amount of time from graduation to the start of the relationship.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:18 PM

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Partners who stay together "for the kid's sake" do not do their kids any favours. They'd be better off splitting up and finding true happiness in their lives........that would be the best thing for the kids.

As far as the situation.......well, I'm a teacher, so obviously I hate seeing these kinds of scenarios come up. If they held off until she was an adult, it's not quite as bad, but dating a former student is never a good thing.......unless there's been a good amount of time from graduation to the start of the relationship.


Well.... as I said, I don't know the detail of their marriage. The way it's been portrayed, it's seems like everything was just fine and dandy and then suddenly this bombshell dropped.

Obviously if a marriage is dysfunctional, it's better to split. But since the husband has things under-wrapped for a while, he could have just waited a couple of more years until the daughter grads. At least he could have just only divorced first.... secretly date the other women, and then once her daughter grads, then officially hookup with his ex-student.

I know the guy may have found his new true love... but it doesn't mean he should just cast away the daughter he supposedly love like an inconvenience.
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:21 PM

Well.... as I said, I don't know the detail of their marriage. The way it's been portrayed, it's seems like everything was just fine and dandy and then suddenly this bombshell dropped.

Obviously if a marriage is dysfunctional, it's better to split. But since the husband has things under-wrapped for a while, he could have just waited a couple of more years until the daughter grads. At least he could have just only divorced first.... secretly date the other women, and then once her daughter grads, then officially hookup with his ex-student.

I know the guy may have found his new true love... but it doesn't mean he should just cast away the daughter he supposedly love like an inconvenience.


Personally, I don't see either of these things supported in the story. To deduce complex relationships between people from a single article is dangerous though.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:26 PM

Well.... as I said, I don't know the detail of their marriage. The way it's been portrayed, it's seems like everything was just fine and dandy and then suddenly this bombshell dropped.

Obviously if a marriage is dysfunctional, it's better to split. But since the husband has things under-wrapped for a while, he could have just waited a couple of more years until the daughter grads. At least he could have just only divorced first.... secretly date the other women, and then once her daughter grads, then officially hookup with his ex-student.

I know the guy may have found his new true love... but it doesn't mean he should just cast away the daughter he supposedly love like an inconvenience.


Not living in the same home as your daughter/son does not mean you've cast them away like an inconvenience..........if my wife and I divorced, would my relationship with my daughter mean any less than it does know? I could argue that it may actually be more cherished, more special and deeper than if I lived in an unhappy marriage.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:38 PM

Jesus Tapdancing Christ did anyone notice that his last name is HOOKER?!?!?!

anyway, not a big fan of this guy, if nothing happened while she was a minor then that's not so bad, but still teachers shouldn't be dating students

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:58 PM

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 07:15 PM

It is a little much, considering that he's her teacher, and the considerable age difference. Teachers shouldn't date students, at least that's what we're told to believe.

That's not what I have a problem with though, what makes me angry is to know that he left his wife and children to be with a girl he knew for a short while compared to his wife. I know that if you're stuck in an unhappy marriage, separating might be the best solution, but the fact that there was children involved and leaving your partner for someone you only known for a year or two compared to someone you've been together with for many years.

I think the mother is being over the top. I know she's concerned about her daughter, but the fact that she's judging and stigmatizing the man based purely on the student-teacher relationship, and the age difference is what I find annoying. She's trying to destroy her daughter's happiness. Starting a Facebook page to say the man is a pervert and taking advantage of her daughter when she knows nothing about their realtionship? I don't agree with this at all. Be happy for your child!


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Posted 13 March 2012 - 07:18 PM

I lol`d.

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