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Teacher, 33, gets 2 years for having sex with 14 year old student.  Are you kidding me?

by Ilana Angel

March 25, 2010 | 12:51 pm

Registered Sex Offender Amy V. Beck

Burbank sixth-grade teacher, Amy Beck, pleaded no-contest to having unlawful sex with a minor in a deal that will land her in jail for two years.  She is 33, and slept with a boy who is 14, the same age as my son.  This chick is disgusting, and I have an unwavering desire to slap her.

Beck entered a plea in exchange for prosecutors dropping four other charges against her. She also admitted to a new charge of committing lewd acts on a child under 16, which will require her to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life. 

How is it possible, that this woman can shatter a family, and damage a child, and only serve two years, which we all know will end up being one?  I don’t get it.  If my 14 year old son were to have sex with a 33 year old lady, who was his teacher, I would be mortified by this sentence.  How dare she, abuse her position of power over this child.

I don’t care how mature you think a child is, a boy of 14 is never going to be able to handle the emotions that go with sleeping an adult.  It is rape of a minor in my opinion, and I am pissed off by the sentence this chick is getting.  It is a slap in the face of not only the boy, but also his parents.  Imagine what all the kids must be thinking about her, the boy, and the school.

I don’t care that she is going to be listed as a registered sex offender.  She should be, because she is.  I want to pull my kid out of school, home school him, and never let him leave the house without me.  Seriously!  How are we supposed to raise our children in a world that is so scary?

I am not so naïve, as to think that boys of 14 are not becoming sexually active.  I know it’s a time of experimentation, and trust me, I lose sleep over it.  The thing is, this was not two kids maturing and discovering sex.  It was an adult, abusing a child.  It was an adult crossing a line.

My son is at his new high school today, spending the day shadowing a freshman, to get a feel for the school.  When I dropped him off this morning he looked so old.  I smiled, wished him well, gave him a quick hug, watched him turn the corner, and sent him off into the unknown.  I got in the car, and starting crying.

I cried for a lot of reasons.  I cried because I was so proud of him that he did so well in school, and got into one of the top high schools in the country.  I cried because I could remember back to his first day of pre-school, and thinking that I would never survive not being with him all day, every day.  I cried because I love this boy with all my heart, and he will always be my baby.

I am crying now, because it is unthinkable to me, that after all I have done to raise this little boy, someone could come along, and break what I handled with such care, for so long.  To Amy Beck, I want you to know that you are truly horrible, and should be ashamed of yourself.  Just because you admitted what you did, does not lessen what you have done.

I hope the boy, who was the victim of this piece of trash, will be okay.  I am sending prayers to him, his parents, and his friends.  When I pick up my son from school today, I am going to hold him a little tighter, for a little longer.  May God bless us all, and watch over our children.  For that I shall pray, and keep the faith.

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Ilana Angel writes two blogs for JewishJournal.com. KEEPING THE FAITH is about her worldview as a single Jewish mother, and KEEPING IT REAL is all about reality television....

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