A 25-year-old 10th grade English teacher at Brazosport High School in Houston, Texas admitted to having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student last year, and after apologizing for what she did, she will be spared jail time.
The incident first came to light when students spotted the teacher Nikki Scherwitz at an after-prom party at one student’s house.
“She was wearing no shoes when she showed up…like a cut up, cut off shirt and everything,” said one of the teens at the party. Witnesses said it appeared that Scherwitz had been drinking. At one point, a student approached Scherwitz and asked her to leave because it was inappropriate for her to be there, so she left with a male student.
Now, after admitting to the sexual encounter and pleading guilty to charges against her, Scherwitz will not face any jail time. She has been sentenced to 10 years probation and $5,000 fine thanks in part to a letter she wrote apologizing for her behavior.
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"I apologize for the behavior I engaged in with a student,” wrote Scherwitz in the letter. “I crossed an ethical boundary I never should have crossed. I’m sorry."
Many students and parents are outraged at Scherwitz’s life sentence, claiming that it would not be the same if she was a male and the student was a female.
“The men get 25 to life, but a woman gets a slap on the wrist with only a $5,000 fine,” said student Mario Salinas.
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Scherwitz has been told that she will never be allowed to teach again and that she has to stay away from minors.