A father, a teacher and a baseball bat are the characters in this story. If you are a parent of a minor child, especially if you have a teen daughter, imagine this scenario – you discover a male teacher, relatively young in age, has been sending secret text messages to your teenager. That alone would draw the ire of most parents. Then after reviewing the texts you see that this teacher has clearly crossed the line by sending dozens of messages that are unprofessional and improper at best, but potentially sexually explicit at worst. Then this teacher shows up at your door.
What’s your reaction? Now you know why a Baltimore-area father, whose name has not been released, took a baseball bat to the 42-year-old teacher who was found to be engaged in what police described as an “emotional relationship that seemed inappropriate for a teacher and student.” The Huffington Post on June 8 shared that the Maryland father likely won’t see any charges pressed against him, authorities said, despite the teacher sustaining some minor injuries in the altercation.
When the mother and father saw the texts last week Thursday, they contacted the police. After reviewing the texts, police said the messages were not egregious enough for them to press any formal charges against the teacher, who is employed at Perry Hall High School in Perry Hall, Baltimore County.
“There's nothing we've seen in the contents that's criminal,” Baltimore County police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said of the text messages.
But later that day the situation took a downturn when the teacher decided to confront the parents about their complaints. The police had contacted the school, and the school officials, in turn, had advised the teacher of the report made by the parents.
According to CBS News out of Baltimore, the teacher showed up, unannounced and uninvited, at the family’s home in the 600 block of Vicky Road. The girl’s father told police that the teacher “wanted to talk.” The father, however, told the teacher to leave; when he refused, the dad took a baseball bat and gave him a couple good whacks until he got the point and cleared off his property.
“The officer found that the teacher sustained minor injuries and advised him of the process for swearing out a complaint of second-degree assault (a misdemeanor),” a police statement said. “The teacher said he did not wish to pursue charges.” Investigators said that teacher could have pressed assault charges. In turn, the father could have pressed trespassing charges.
Though no formal charges appear to have been exchanged, what do you think of the dad’s actions? Comments posted to the Baltimore CBS article were largely supportive of the dad and his bat. Would you do the same in the father's position? Sound off below.