Teacher Takes Student to Prom; Gets Fired
IT WAS A GOOD IDEA AT FIRST
It was meant to be a nice gesture, but unfortunately it backfired.
A married female, volunteer coach who escorted a 17-year-old Oregon high school athlete to his prom has been dismissed from her job.
Melissa Bowerman, 41, drew strange looks when she arrived at the Condon High School's prom with the boy last month.
Melissa is married and she and her husband were volunteer coaches for the Condon-Wheeler track-and-field team.
Melissa acknowledged that she made an error in judgment, but says she did not have a romantic relationship with the teen.
So why did she do it?
She said the student had been feeling down because he did not have a date for the prom and she agreed to go with him if he improved his grade in English class, as he had been struggling with his academics.
The boy's father, Bob Thomas, said Bowerman had been like a "surrogate mom" to his son and other students for years and he had no problem about her escorting him to the prom.
"I wasn't worried about his safety in the least because I knew what kind of relationship they had -- the same she has with all the kids, boys and girls,"
At prom she said the two danced to a few slow songs but mostly played pingpong and foosball at the event.
The Gilliam County sheriff has said there was no evidence Bowerman broke the law. Her husband has said he might resign if she isn't reinstated.
- COMMENTS ON BLOGS: Excuse me, we've had 3 stories in the last 2 weeks about pro basketball players escorting young girls to their proms, and it's all ballyhooed with 12x10 color glossy photos with the circles and the arrows and a paragraph on the back saying "Good guy, see what he did?"
- COMMENTS ON BLOGS: This is ridiculous. The boy's father gave them his permission. Her husband knew about the deal. It seems no improprieties were taking place. An older woman was giving a young boy's ego a boost Big deal! We have become a little too sensitive. It would be different if she were sleeping with him. But, she isn't (or so it seems.) No harm. No foul.
- NOW IF A MALE TEACHER/COACH APPROACHED ME AND OFFERED TO TAKE RYLEE TO PROM I WOULD PERSONALLY HAVE A HARD TIME WITH IT.
- IS THERE A DOUBLE STANDARD HERE. WHY DOES IT SEEM OKAY TO SEE A CELEBRITY OR SPORTS STAR TAKE A TEEN TO PROM BUT IF AN ADULT WHO WANTS TO DO A NICE INNOCENT THING TO HELP A STUDENT AND IT’S NOT?