Yes, they have choice. But you're missing the bigger picture. They're still victims of a system that's educating and developing their minds. For 8 hours a day, they're out of their parents hands and teachers/peers have a huge impact on psychological development.
You clearly haven't bothered to research or explore the complex social issues that surround and affect teens' mental and physical health. Do you even remotely remember being a teenager? For all I know, you could be a teenager.
In case you didn't know (because it seems like you don't), the teenage body is very reflective of the teenage mind. It's a time of development; Discovering identity, sexual preference, and forming opinion. At this age, these girls are very vulnerable. They may have parents who don't pay attention to them or they might come from abusive homes. Their parents may be addicted to drugs. This has a huge impact on teenage sexual identity.
Exploitation was used by the teacher. He quite literally used his power to give them higher grades in exchange for sexual favors. It was an exchange of goods and services, much like that of a pimp who provides his prostitute with drugs. Now, you might also be ignorant enough to assume that all prostitutes have a choice. This is probably because you are uneducated about the sex slave industry. If you know anything about that industry then you would know that young girls are taken from their families at a vulnerable age, forced to develop a drug habit, and become dependent to the drug. Addiction no longer becomes a choice, but a way of life.
Why am I telling you all of this? Because your ignorant comments heavily suggest a lack of understanding and comprehension of complex issues. These girls deserve an education and mentors they can trust. But instead they got a corrupt teacher who took advantage of their developing minds. Educate yourself.
I'm not assuming anything. I'm open to all sorts of possibilities if you would bother to read my post. Have you?
But who had power - teacher or student? Clearly the stakes were high enough for them to not feel comfortable enough to tell anyone. On top of that, your derogatory language ("slut") suggests a male chauvinist attitude. Which means your opinion on this matter is already compromised. How can anyone bother to have a conversation with you if you refuse to respect the victims in this case? Despicable.
Edited by Gino Odjick, 02 April 2012 - 02:17 PM.