NJ 101.5 hosts stand up for teachers who have sex with students

Good Monday morning!

Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco, the 101.5 hosts best known for being suspended after calling then-Attorney General Gurbir Grewal “Turban Man,” have some other opinions they’d like to share.

Both believe that teachers should not be criminally charged for having sex with students if the kids are above the age of consent. In this case, they’re referring to a 24-year-old Hamilton teacher who allegedly had sex with a 17-year-old student. (h/t to New Jersey Monitor’s Sophie Nieto-Munoz for drawing attention to this).

“In many cases where this happens with a male teacher, the female student is not some shy wilting flower that was taken advantage of,” Malloy wrote. “….Let’s not be naïve and pretend that the sexual power of a young woman, or a woman of any age for that matter, is an immensely powerful force in the world.”

The ironic thing is that these radio “personalities,” and NJ 101.5 more broadly, have sought to whip up panic and paranoia about New Jersey’s sex ed curriculum — often using false or misleadingly incomplete information — in part because students will learn how to identify body parts that play a role in human sexuality, or because they’ll learn about sexual orientation and gender identity.

Keep in mind that one of the arguments sex ed advocates make to support the teaching of frank lessons is that it will help kids learn what is appropriate adult behavior and what is not.

I would be curious to see a poll question about which would alarm New Jersey parents more: Kids learning about gender identity, or repealing the law that makes it a crime for teachers to have sex with students.


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