The parents of a then 17 year old student in 2012 are furious that his school teacher, a then 27 year old Erin Kathleen Queen who carried out a sexual liaison with him was this week spared jail.
Instead, the Oklahoma teacher was given three years probation, a $600 fine and an order to surrender her teacher’s license after confessing to the ‘delinquency of a minor.’
Despite losing her teacher’s license, the student’s parents, Shasta and Adam Belty are furious and want to rally to change Oklahoma state law.
The teacher at Charles Page High School came to be arrested on March 17 2012 after the then 17 year old’s parents came to worry about their son’s whereabouts late that evening.
It was only after probing the child they discovered that he was with Erin Kathleen Queen at the Candlewood Suites near 71st Street and Mingo Road at 5:30 AM. Incredulously during the ordeal, the student even continued to call the teacher, Miss.
Told the student’s mother, Shasta Belty: ‘He was reluctant to tell me but then he told me he was with Ms. Queen, Erin Queen. And I thought that name sounds familiar. And he said mom, ‘It’s my 5th hour English teacher.’. And I died as a parent,’
Back in 2012 Erin Kathleen Queen was booked into Tulsa Jail on a first degree rape complaint and she was later charged with second degree rape and a misdemeanor charge causing delinquency of a minor. The misdemeanor was related to allegations that she’d given the boy vodka.
Queen’s charges were dismissed when she pleaded guilty to a new case contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Reiterated Shasta Belty: ‘It’s very frustrating to us that she basically got a slap on the wrist,’
‘I cussed. I cried. I totally disagreed with it,’
‘(Prosecutor Amanda Self) was under the impression that we were OK with a conviction as long as she never taught again. Well, we were OK with a conviction – of the second-degree rape … or something that represents the sexual misconduct.’
According to Title 21, Section 1115 of the Oklahoma Statutes, sex may be considered rape if ‘…the victim is at least sixteen (16) years of age and is less than eighteen (18) years of age and is a student, or under the legal custody or supervision of any public or private elementary or secondary school, junior high or high school, or public vocational school, and engages in sexual intercourse with a person who is eighteen (18) years of age or older and is an employee of the same school system.’
The Beltys believe that Queen was given a lighter treatment because she is a woman, reports ABC.
Then there was this reflection on the web that made me wonder:
Just a question. If the gender roles were reversed, and it was a male teacher, do you think the penalty would have been the same?
above image found here