MBA teacher fired after student sexual encounter allegation

Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 6:04pm

Montgomery Bell Academy leaders fired an English teacher from their middle school this past week over allegations stemming from a sexual encounter with an MBA student and two other individuals.

The two other individuals are allegedly connected with another prominent private school in the Nashville area.

What is known at this time is that the MBA student is in the 11th grade and is not in a class with the now-former teacher. Still unknown is whether the sexual encounter was consensual.

The City Paper declines to reveal the name of the teacher at this time because it is not known if she is the victim of rape or willingly participated in a sexual act with a student(s).

24 Comments on this post:

By: Takeyla on 1/21/12 at 10:20

Right, because if she is a victim of rape they'd definitely fire her.
Come on, Ken....

By: HamBoneHamBone on 1/21/12 at 10:52

Oh wherever is the faux-elitist, self-loathing Ras72 to weigh in with his comical spin on this one?

By: sillyme on 1/22/12 at 3:49

Itt is interesting the other school(s) were referenced but the noble ncp declined to identify them. Perhaps that's a payback of sorts by some of the ncp ownership who have close ties to a number of tuition type schools. Maybe the ncp should be renamed the "nashville enquirer" to better reflect the trash "rag" it has become. And God help them if they ever so much as "peek" at Father Ryan and the many generations of "benefits" provided to those students. They slide "under the radar" as most people focus on the other, newer tuition-type schools in the area.

But, what schools did the ncp refuse to identify and, more importantly, why??

By: spooky24 on 1/22/12 at 6:06

Well since the 'victim' in this case is a minor it matters none if it was consensual. Whatever happened is a felony assault by an authoritative figure. No one has been arraigned through the system on any such charge so it's most likely overblown due to a elongated slow news cycle.
You would think that someone who writes articles about crime would have at least a little knowledge about the law.
"willingly participated " is meaningless when one is dealing with a minor.

sp

By: Rasputin72 on 1/22/12 at 7:24

Gee, Gioia not only was a "babe in the woods" when it came to overseeing the recruiting aspect of athletics in high school, he has underestimated the power of the press.

It appears that the Nashville City Paper has a very good insight into what goes on at the homework school.

By: TNPREPS on 1/22/12 at 11:08

This article may well represent the "jump the shark" event in this whole saga, at least as it relates to those who have theories about agendas.

If you don't know the name of the alleged school also involved in this story, it is likely you will do an internet search, probably with a combination of school names and key words from the article. Some of those searches will yield, at the very beginning of the search results, a story from a few years back which shouldn't necessarily shed any bad light on that school but will reopen an old wound that I am shocked CP management would want reopened, given its ties to the story and the horrible details of that story.

Aside from the tabloid-like nature of the article, the article actually may backfire if there was indeed an agenda behind it. People who know the other school allegedly involved will let the story play out in real life, and those who don't know will let their salacious curiosity lead them down a path of fact-finding, only in some cases to be led to a totally different story whose protagonists may give credence to current agenda theories.

I don't think I am alone in thinking the name of the other school should have been mentioned in this article, at least in the spirit of unbiased journalism. Fortunately, life contains second chances, and the CP has the opportunity to do just that in a follow-up article. Failure to do so, if there was indeed another school involved, will firmly solidify this paper's journalistic credibility in the minds of many.

By: bluesforallah on 1/22/12 at 1:51

Funny how Ken fails to mention the fact that some of the other boys involved go to ENSWORTH. Just another biased, MBA-bashing article from our beloved City Paper.

By: rickmuz on 1/22/12 at 2:23

FYI: There is NO SUCH THING as consensual when you are considered and authority figure by Tennessee code (in this case a teacher)

By: NashMommaBear on 1/22/12 at 4:24

Oh my gosh. Do you hear yourselves? Are you truly more concerned with defending your precious alma mater by attacking this bearer of this PUBLIC news than the details of the heinous crime that has been committed? Do you realize that it is exactly your same attitude that perpetuated the awful, disgusting cover up at Penn State of the RAPE of children? Defend the institution at all costs. Attack the bearer of bad news. Who cares what other school these CHILDREN attended? If this is true then there was a sexual predator preying on these poor kids whose lives will be forever changed, if not ruined. Is it only when a man preys on girls that anyone thinks is rape? (But, alas, there are many who would blame those girls too) Grown man preying on boys, Grown woman preying on boys - it is RAPE. What will it take for you BOYS to act like MEN yourselves??

By: Sickofit1 on 1/22/12 at 5:04

Wow...just wow. This type if thing happens and is covered up every day. I'm not condoning it at all. It's horrible, and I feel for the victims. However, I do think that there is still so much bitterness and resentment on both sides of the MBA/Ensworth thing. Our kid's are grown now, and I am so happy to be out of the gossipy and at times viscous fodder regarding the private school arena. This is an area/group of people that will NEVER change. Same names, just a new generation, and they will ALWAYS call the shots. How sad for the community:(

My advice is the same advice that was given to me by a dear person who had her own experiences with this group long ago. RUN, don't walk to pack your bags, move and NEVER return because it NEVER goes away. It takes minutes to ruin a reputation but years if ever to get it back. This group is not a forgiving group, and if they decide that YOU and YOUR family don't belong, then you are out, whether you move or not. It's a horrible thing to put a child through.

So, that's my two sense. Thinking of all of the families and the victims in this story. Oh and ps, has anyone ever paid attention to the rumors about a certain teacher at the OTHER school that's not mentioned but everyone knows?? And just wondering doesn't someone on the board of one of these schools own the city paper? Idk..just thought I heard that some time ago.

By: sharko20 on 1/22/12 at 8:01

Adults having sex with minors is deplorable and against the law. However, if it is determined that the students raped her as is mentiioned as a possibility in the article then why should she be fired?

By: lawyer006038 on 1/22/12 at 9:36

If two teenage boys tackle an adult woman and hold her down while a third boy has sex with her against her will, that is rape. Even if she is an "authority figure". I do not know that something like that happened and I prefer to wait until the facts are known to opine on a crime. Jumping to the conclusion that consent is inapplicable is wrong.
You guys can now continue to fight over which private school is culpable. Don't be a fool, be true to your school. (sic)

By: Little Dummy on 1/23/12 at 1:27

Was it homosexual rape? If so there should be an autmoatic death penalty for
anyone convicted of homosexual rape, whether violent or statutory.

By: vebiltdervan on 1/23/12 at 2:11

TNPREPS wrote: "...If you don't know the name of the alleged school also involved in this story, it is likely you will do an internet search, probably with a combination of school names and key words from the article. Some of those searches will yield, at the very beginning of the search results, a story from a few years back which shouldn't necessarily shed any bad light on that school but will reopen an old wound that I am shocked CP management would want reopened, given its ties to the story and the horrible details of that story..."

Great call, because we all know that everything on the internet is true. Abraham Lincoln was the president who first pointed that out.

By: adchick on 1/23/12 at 7:19

Who knows how this thing will sort itself out, but the story I heard does not paint a flattering picture of the decisions the teacher made or of the very un-gentlemanly actions by the MBA and EHS boys. You don't get drunk in the presence of high school boys and expect it to go unnoticed. She may have a case for rape, but MBA certainly had a case for questioning her poor judgement in socializing with these boys. Assuming that she abused the boys by virtue of her position at MBA would be foolhardy. She may actually be the victim in this case.

By: ThoughtfulInsite on 1/24/12 at 2:09

For the record, the teacher involved is like 25 and really hot.
Why is rape even brought up?
If the school fired her, she didn't get raped. You don't get fired that fast entirely off of speculation.
And the teacher involved didn't rape the student. You ever heard of a (straight) guy getting raped by a hot woman? No.

By: jws37205 on 1/24/12 at 5:25

In response to Thoughtfullnsite, the teacher could have been fired for fraternizing with the students. I don't know the details of the event, but if she was drinking with under-aged students, then she deserved to be dismissed.
If she willingly engaged in sex with under-aged boys, then the teacher should have criminal charges brought against her. If the sex was not consensual, then proving it will be much more difficult due to the position she put herself in by fraternizing and drinking with the students. However, if the teacher was raped, then I hope there is enough evidence to prosecute the offender(s).
If alcohol was involved, the students should be disciplined for under-aged drinking. At a minimum, the schools in question should put the students on probation pending the outcome of an internal investigation for "ungentlemanly conduct".
Lastly, the city paper's reporting of this event is a farce. They give the name of one school, but not the other. They state a teacher has been fired for sex with a student, and then allude that the act might not have been consensual, thereby impuning the school's reputation and actions relalted to the event. Get your facts straight and then report. Given that no other media reports are available, this article reeks of yellow journalism.

By: adchick on 1/24/12 at 9:20

JWS, I agree with you. Until criminal charges are filed (or at least pending), it isn't really news, it's gossip.

By: haveasay on 1/24/12 at 9:59

In response to ThoughtfulInsite do a google search on Pamela Rogers and you will find what you describe as a "hot" teacher in prison for rape (sex with a 14 year old boy, she was one of his teachers)

By: vebiltdervan on 1/24/12 at 10:29

ThoughtfulInsite wrote: "...[because MBA] fired her, she didn't get raped. You don't get fired that fast entirely off of speculation..."

There's a very decent chance that your conclusion is correct, but OTOH MBA is emphatically NOT part of the American legal system. And the legal system will in all likelihood be the final arbiter in this case. Until then, speculating is not going to be super helpful.

IMHO, the City Paper is out of line & out of its league to be printing this story, ahead of any known facts other than the teacher's firing. Everything else is mere gossip at this point.

By: fairnessplease on 1/24/12 at 10:37

I think a lot of people are talking about things they know nothing about...this sounds like a terrible situation for all involved and all most of you are thinking about is your school rivalries! This is sadly something that will change each participants lives for a long time and we need to be supportive and not jump to any conclusions! No one is perfect, no school is perfect....bad things happen in the real world to good people!

By: nvestnbna on 1/24/12 at 11:46

Well put 'fairnessplease'. A lot of folks riding their high horses.

By: grabadadoo on 1/24/12 at 1:53

You know, this whole Curry Ingram/JT Moore rivalry has gone too far. You sick ****s are focusing on the GOD DAMN rivalry involved rather than the REAL matter at hand. This teacher is not getting a fair shake!!!! What about her side of the story, she wasn't raped, but what is the 17 yr old was like, really hot or something?

By: grabadadoo on 1/24/12 at 1:57

nvestnbna is right. There are a lot of people riding on high horses around here. Ya know, one of nashville's biggest events each year is Steeplechase. Those little ass jockeys make the horses look huge!!! High horses all over the damn place, and so many rapists in the crowd at those kind of events (ex. 2 guys 1 horse), things are really coming full circle.