Dr. Anita Gadhia-Smith Talks About Teachers Having Inappropriate Relations With Students

11:09 PM, Mar 12, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- What does this pretty blonde, this male gym teacher, this former substitute, this English teacher, and now, John Solano, a 29-year-old science teacher at McKinley Technology High School have in common?

They've all been charged with either having sex or sexual contact with their students.

"It's illegal, inappropriate and unacceptable," a Northwest D.C. psychotherapist said.

It can be considered the ultimate betrayal. For answers, we turned to Dr. Anita Gadhia-Smith, to ask why?

"Because the teacher was unable to maintain proper boundaries and ethics, and that's a problem in the character of the person it has to do with integrity and professionalism and mental health," Dr. Smith said.

You may wonder why anyone would risk jail time and the loss of their job over what could be just a quick thrill.

"Sometimes people are overpowered by emotions and powers and lose their sense of reason," she said.

Which doesn't make it right, but could make it more understandable. Dr. Gadhia-Smith says not all can be considered pedophiles, but regardless of the temptation, it's the teacher who must make the right call.

"Students are vulnerable because they look up to their teachers they have fantasies about their teachers in the teenage years when children start to become sexual it's a normal thing to have sexual fantasies but it's up to the adult to hold the boundaries," Dr. Smith added.

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