It’s unheard of that we go a month or less without reporting on a story that somehow revolves around a high school sex scandal. This time, the story orginiates from New Hampshire, where a high school teacher has been placed on administrative leave after exposing her naked body to a student via a cellphone message. You’d expect something more from a 41 year old teacher who has probably been in the field for at least a decade. As you might guess, the 15 year old student who was on the receiving end of these photos sent them to his friends for entertainment. School administrators eventually got wind of the photos from the police and Melinda Dennehy was subsequently dimissed from the school.
While incidents of this nature tend to unravel quickly, it took police at least 2 months to notify the school of the exchange. Word travels fast in high school, so it is surprising that administrators didn’t pick up on the Melinda Dennehy naked photos sooner. That is unless, there was another factor involved. The extent of the relationship between the teacher and the boy extends beyond cellphone chatter and picture exchanges. According to CBS News, the boy told police that the two had physical contact. The boy stated that they had kissed on two seperate occasions. However, more often than not, much more than kissing goes on.
A unique attribute to this case is that Melinda Dennehy actually turned herself in to investigators. Perhaps the court will look on the case more favorably because of her voluntary surrender, and the fact that she already has two kids at home may work in her favor. It’s hard to imagine how she will go about explaining herself to them.