GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - From the classroom to the courtroom.
24 Hour News 8 has reported about some teachers who allegedly started relationships with students in high school and middle school.
We know there are so many wonderful, caring and involved teachers and coaches who show interest in their students to help them grow in the classroom and on the athletic playing surface.
Unfortunately, like in any profession, not everyone has good intentions.
So how do parents make sure their children understand what crosses the line when it comes to a teacher or coach?
24 Hour News 8 took our questions to Michigan State Police Trooper Raymond Hoffman who specializes in investigating child sexual assaults and gives speeches at schools about online safety.
Trooper Hoffman said he wants to stress in his 20 years of experience this isn't a teacher problem; it's a specific person problem, meaning there are people who will target kids, anywhere.
But when it comes to people of authority like teachers or coaches, Hoffman suggests parents should explain to their children that these staffers are there to help, but when things go beyond that then the children need to tell their loved ones.
"Your person, your body is yours. If somebody does something that makes you uncomfortable, if somebody says something that makes you uncomfortable, I'd really like you to tell me," said Hoffman.
Trooper Hoffman said parents should make sure to have an open dialogue with their children. He said to get a daily recap of their school day; if you don't ask then you won't know.
When it comes to preventing teacher-student relationship, Trooper Hoffman said there is no good answer. But parents will know if their children's behavior or interests change.
He said these types of relationships don't just pop up. People who prey on kids spend time breaking down the social and physical barriers to get close to them.
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