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As number of alleged student-teacher sex cases increases, is social media to blame?

Updated: Friday, March 14 2014, 03:24 AM CDT
Reported by Ewa Roman:

MECHANICSBURG -- The District Attorney's Office says Cumberland Valley teacher Emily Nesbit is under investigation for having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

Last month, Matthew Puterbaugh was arrested on child porn charges. He was a Dover Area School District music teacher.

And in that same month, Jessica Saienni of the Reading School District was accused of sexually abusing a student.

Also, in February, Craig Cohen of East Pennsboro School District was charged in a child porn probe.

"That's just wrong all the way around," said Skip Danner, New Cumberland resident.

CBS 21 News found out that in the last four years, there were close to 20 cases where teachers or school staff were accused of sexually inappropriate behavior.

Some people say social media has led to the increase of inappropriate student-teacher relationships.

"I think it's blurred the lines between people as far as young and old, teacher and student. It put everyone on an even playing field where people are communicating with each other without restrictions that we have without social media," said Deborah Welsh, Mechanicsburg resident.

Others say there is more to it.

"When I was in school, you had tutoring sessions after school with groups. That was it. It was never one on one," commented Courtney O'Donnell.

"I think it's out in the public more. It may have been around back then but it wasn't as publicized you didn't have media like Twitter and all that other stuff," Skip added.

We spoke to the spokesperson with the Pennsylvania Coalition against Rape, who says parents can take action.

Pay attention to rumors, for example, other students might be talking about a crush between a student and teacher.

Monitor your child's cell phone and social media.

And talk to your kids about healthy relationships throughout life.

For more information from the experts visit this website: http://www.nsvrc.org/saam
As number of alleged student-teacher sex cases increases, is social media to blame?


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