The Floyd County High School student approached me while I was photographing a football game on Friday. "Excuse me," she said. "Are you the one who wrote the story in the paper about Mr. Farmer?" "Yes." "Why did you have to make such a big deal over it?" "Excuse me?" "I mean, it's not like it was rape or anything like that." Dan Farmer, a Floyd Elementary School teacher and a girls softball coach at the high school, resigned from both jobs after being charged with contributing to the sexual delinqency of a minor: Having consensual sex with a 15-year-old student at the high school

The Floyd County High School student approached me while I was photographing a football game on Friday.

“Excuse me,” she said. “Are you the one who wrote the story in the paper about Mr. Farmer?”

“Yes.”

“Why did you have to make such a big deal over it?”

“Excuse me?”

“I mean, it’s not like it was rape or anything like that.”

Dan Farmer, a Floyd Elementary School teacher and a girls softball coach at the high school, resigned from both jobs after being charged with contributing to the sexual delinqency of a minor: Having consensual sex with a 15-year-old student at the high school

I tried to explain to the student that the married school teacher was charged with having sex with a 15-year-old.

“So?” She seemed unconcerned about the consequences.

“So it’s against the law.”

“Then the law is stupid. It’s not like its something that hasn’t happened before. It happens a lot.”

When I pressed her for details she walked away. I finished shooting the game but the conversation haunted me. Was this young girl’s feelings typical of students in high school today or was she an exception to the rule?

I don’t know the answer to that but the fact that she, and possibly others, may feel that a teacher having sexual relations with a student is “no big deal” or that it “happens a lot” scares the hell out of me.

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5 Responses

  1. Things like that make me fearful for the grandchildren I hope to have someday. What kind of world will they be growing up in?

  2. I graduated from FCHS in 72. In a small rural area such as Floyd County, it is really scary to think that kids actually believe that this kind of behavior is alright and the law needs to be changed. Thank God I have no more small children, but I do worry about my granddaughters!

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