We know what you’re thinking. The “Bad Teachers” section of this site could just be renamed the “Sex with Students” section. Would love to say there’s a curveball with this one to keep you on your toes, but alas, more of the same with the exception today’s tale may be a tad bit sicker should more details be made available.
What we know now is that 28-year-old special education teacher Rebecca Goerdel has been accused of having sex with a student at the Young Men’s Leadership Academy-Kennedy Middle School which is part of the Grand Prairie Independent School District (ISD) in Texas, and she has been arrested for it.
If you are Goerdel at this point (and you’re guilty), you almost want more of the gory details to come to the forefront … unless, that is, it’s as bad as it sounds.
While no teacher should ever get jiggy with one of their students (particularly when said student is under age), it seems as though there would be a special place in Hell for an adult, who chooses to seduce a special needs student.
Considering the nature of the victim, we would not expect any more details to emerge from this story, but you can tell, if true, it’s pretty effin’ horrible.
For starters, Goerdel was immediately relieved of her position. Schools almost never do that unless there is damning evidence at the ready. Secondly, police arrived on the same day of the report, collected evidence, and arrested Goerdel on Friday (March 28). Thirdly, Grand Prairie ISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Susan Hull urged police to “pursue all available actions,” making you think if shock therapy was a legal option, the good Doctor would be happy to place the electrodes.
If that wasn’t enough, Hull broke the traditional restraints that school districts place on themselves and issued a lengthy-for-them statement, remarking, “This kind of conduct is outrageous and will not be tolerated.”
Hull said the teacher-student relationship should be “sacred,” adding that it reflects “a vow from teachers to parents that their children are safe — as safe as they would be at home.”
“When a teacher in Grand Prairie ISD breaks that vow, he or she ill be dealt with quickly and aggressively,” she said.
(Featured Image: Rebecca Goerdel personal photo)