Brianna Nicole Stanley was arrested November 30, 2018 by the Scotland County Sheriff’s Department for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 12-year-old student at Carver Middle School in Laurinburg, North Carolina. This was Stanley’s first year of teaching with the school district where she taught seventh grade science.
The fact is more than 400 female teachers have been convicted nationwide of similar offences during just the past two years. It appears such behaviour is rapidly becoming the new normal.
What’s driving this epidemic? Professionals lay the blame at the feet of ubiquitous electronic technologies that allow instant communications between teachers and students, including the sharing of explicit messaging and photos.
Certainly, there is truth here, but there’s more to this story.
Children are sexually active earlier due to the presence of Estrogen mimickers in our drinking water, food supply, packaging materials and clothing. It’s well known that these chemicals cause the early onset of puberty.
Children are also being exposed to a constant barrage of sexual messaging through advertising, social media, gaming and subliminal messaging.
Students interact with teachers on a regular basis so it’s only natural that sexual relationships will develop, but isn’t it unnatural and unholy for adults to have a sexual relationships with minors as young as twelve?
A law enforcement official spoke at a real estate conference requesting that association members be required to report agents who may be engaging in or likely to engage in ‘inappropriate’ sex with minors.
When the speaker finished, the association’s president thanked him and recommended the association adopt law enforcement’s proposed new rules.
A well known, respected broker stood up among the crowd, and with a booming voice began presenting an opposing point of view.
The job of law enforcement he said was to enforce the law and the job of real estate professionals was to sell real estate. He questioned whether agents were competent to make decisions that could end up damaging or even destroying the reputations and careers of fellow agents, regardless of how well-intentioned, and questioned whether unscrupulous agents might even go so far as to falsely report competing agents in order to gain an unfair advantage.
He pointed out that sexual coming of age was a fluid concept that was constantly evolving and offered his grandparents up as an example.
They married at twelve and had their first of ten children at thirteen, all of whom grew up to be productive, law abiding citizens. By today’s standards his grand parents would be convicted sex offenders, and his grandfather a statutory rapist.
The broker ended by recommending the association reject law enforcement’s proposed new rules and received a rousing round of applause. That was the end of that.
Teachers having sex with students, is this a good idea? Of course not.
Should such behaviour be condoned or overlooked? Of course not.
Teachers have a responsibility to act responsibly and school districts have the right to set standards, policy and disciplinary action as necessary.
Legislators also have the right and responsibility to set standards through legislation, but let us bear in mind that most legislation is passed without having ever been read by those who introduce, promote and vote for it, as it is largely drafted by well paid corporate and NGO lobbyists on behalf of those who have bought and paid for our legislators with donations, bribes and blackmail. It’s incumbent upon each of us, especially law enforcement and the judiciary, to question and carefully weigh the applicability and wisdom of legislated solutions.
Brianna Nicole Stanley’s job and career are destroyed, and what’s left of her youth could very well be spent behind bars.
America already has more citizens locked away in jails and prisons than any other nation on earth, and American prison sentences are the most lengthy of any civilized nation.
Law enforcement and District Attorneys are now making prodigious use of a tool called ‘Stacking’ to make sure our prisons stay full.
With so many laws now on the books, it’s estimated that each American commits at least 3 felonies a day, that’s 21 felonies each week. When you’ve pissed the wrong person(s) off it’s easier than ever for the system to come up with reasons to arrest you. Once arrested, they don’t just charge you with one crime, say tax fraud, they charge you with a whole host of related crimes, like conspiracy to commit tax fraud, unlawful use of a bank account to commit tax fraud, conspiracy to unlawfully use electronic communications (a phone) to commit tax fraud, etc.
In theory you have the right to demand a trial before a jury of your peers, but ‘stacking’ makes that right virtually impossible to exercise. In addition to the original charge of tax fraud which carries a five year sentence, when all the other charges are stacked on top of it, you’re now facing 400 years in prison.
The District Attorney lets you know that if you force him/her and the court to go through the expense of a trial, they will ‘throw the book at you’ by demanding you be sentenced to the maximum of 400 years… but if you plead guilty to the charges, they will only seek a sentence of twenty years.
This places defendants in a tight spot. Should you demand a jury trial and lose, you could spend the next 400 years in prison. If you agree to plead guilty, you will only spend twenty years in the slammer (despite that fact that you may be innocent). Our jails and prisons are full of individuals whose only crime was to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
This is the very situation Brianna Nicole Stanley now faces. Does she have the financial resources to adequately defend herself, or will she be forced to accept an onerous, unjust plea agreement in order to avoid spending the rest of her life in prison? What would you do in her position?
Is Brianna Nicole Stanley just an average American girl, like most, having grown up with faces glued to cell phones and other electronic devices, sharing their every thought, fantasy and desire on social media? Was the supposed victim really a victim or just another willing participant?
How many of today’s parents are themselves poorly educated, uninformed, self centered, immature social media junkies and video gaming zombies whose children are essentially forced to raise themselves?
What about our teaching colleges and universities? With over 400 female teachers having been convicted of sex crimes with students in just the past two years, can it be said that Brianna Nicole Stanley’s educators properly informed and instructed her regarding what is and isn’t acceptable sexual behaviour with students?
Did Scotland County’s school system’s intake and orientation program for new teachers adequately explain its policies and expectations to Brianna?
150 years ago a twenty three year old teacher could be assumed to be a mature, responsible adult. Can this really be said today when children are for the most part being raising by social media and burned out parents?
Should Brianna Nicole Stanley receive a ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ pass? Of course not. She is of legal age and, like it or not, must face consequences for her poor decisions. We can only pray, that when our judicial system dispenses its ‘justice’, The Punishment will befit the Crime.
While this young woman’s life hangs in the balance, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper hangs out and parties with a known, convicted sexual offender. Here’s the story.
Ask yourself, What would Jesus do?
Lady Liberty 1885
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