Recently, the sexual misconduct by teachers hit close to home. Friday, February 19, Margaret De Barraicua, a 30-year-old intern teacher for McClatchy High School in Sacramento, was arrested and accused of having sex in her car with one of her 16-year-old students while her 2-year-old son was present.
Police officers found the student with De Barraicua in her tan Nissan Maxima that was parked behind Leonardo Da Vinci Elementary School in Sacramento. As the police officers approached the vehicle, they spotted two people moving around and noticed that the windows were fogged up. De Barraicua’s 2 year old was found in the vehicle strapped into the safety seat. Though De Barraicua is not physically working for McClatchy High School at this time, she is still getting paid for her position by way of administrative leave.
This type of activity is happening all over the nation. In West Virginia, Toni Lynn Woods, 37, a former sixth grade teacher, confessed to having sexual intercourse with three juveniles. She recently had to wear a bulletproof vest to court do to the number of death threats she has received.
In Michigan a seventh grade teacher by the name of Daniel Albert Cusenza, 48, of Chesterfield Township was arrested for trying to solicit sex over the internet from a 14-year-old boy. He pled no contest to the charges on Jan. 25
And a 28-year-old substitute high school teacher in San Antonio was fired last month for exposing students to pictures of her having sexual intercourse. The pictures were on her camera phone, and authorities are not sure how the students obtained the phone.
Situations like this are happening far too often. The assumption is that it is mostly male teachers who are having relations with their students but statistics show that female teachers are doing it just as often. In the past students have kept quite about their inappropriate relations with teachers, but within the last year they are coming forward in record numbers.