A Florida teacher was arrested on felony charges this weekend after she was caught with her pants down having sex with a 16-year-old foreign exchange student. Amie Neely, 38, was taken into custody on Sunday, police told South Florida's WPTV, after her husband tracked her location using the GPS on her phone and found her getting it on with the teenager in a nearby parking lot.I feel like a broken record here, but given the tenor of most of the comments, I hafta ask this question of all those equalitarians in the audience: If this were a somewhat handsome 38 yo adult male having sex with a 16 yo young adult woman, would we hear any of these excuses being offered? Or would we instead be hearing a near-universal cacaphony of demands for his gonads on a plate, to throw the book at him? If the latter, why the difference? If men and women are equal, and sex neutral laws should be applied in an even-handed manner without regard to the status of the offender, then why do equalitarians tolerate a higher behavioral standard for men, and a lower, more permissive one for women? Isn't that what is done for those not capable of full agency, such as children?
Neighbors reported the incident to the police after the teen showed up at a nearby home later that day and said he'd been kicked out of the house "because he had sex with Amie."
Neely denied having multiple sexual encounters with the student, reportedly telling police the boy had repeatedly pressured her to have sex with him and that due to her "midlife crisis issues" she thought he would stop asking if she slept with him once.
A representative for the Community Christian Academy in Stuart, Fla., where Neely was a teacher prior to the incident, told the Daily News on Wednesday that she is no longer employed by the school.
"Community Christian Academy is aware of a legal situation involving a teacher and we are cooperating with law enforcement officials who are dealing with this as an ongoing investigation," Norma Hammond, administrative director for the school, told WPTV in the wake of Neely's arrest. "For that reason we have no further comment at this time. We will be issuing a more detailed statement after meeting with school board and church leadership."
Parents at the school expressed surprise at the news, but also offered sympathy for Neely's situation. "But you know what? She is a human being," parent Terri Gillam told WPBF 25 News. "And we all are vulnerable at different times in our life. You know, and that's sad. It's sad, because evidently, low self-esteem, you never know what goes on in people's homes. It's sad. And that's what I feel like, and that's what I pray for -- for her."
"I was shocked, but it goes on everywhere," Kelly Eldridge, another parent, told the TV station. "That's sad."
[Bolded text mine, EW]
Shifting gears a bit, now comes a question for the rape culture hysteria activists: Isn't statutory rape, rape? Or is it one of the many variants of not-rape we roll up into the category of rape when we want to swing the hammer at men but still reserve the option to excuse away female criminality? Is what Ms. Neely did given a pass because it approaches Ensler-approved rape, and therefore resembles a "good rape"?*
* A fully qualified "good rape" in the Ensler taxonomy would be F-f, but since this is F-m, it doesn't quite fit.
Also, should they be in church at 10:00 AM on a Sunday? Just sayin'.