“I don't necessarily think the woman should receive severe criminal punishment, but I certainly think she should be at least let go from her job. Of course that's the school's decision.
What IS disturbing are some of the comments saying this is a joke and it's every boy's fantasy and a "dream." As a 21 year old woman myself, I could never imagine even being attracted to a 17 year old boy. 99% of 17-year-old boys that I can recall resemble... wait for it... CHILDREN. I can honestly say that developmentally, both physically and mentally, a 17-year-old boy is far behind a 22-year-old female. For this reason I think this story is disgusting. Even looking at high school photos of my own, my male friends and boyfriends resembled... CHILDREN.
I understand she didn't break the law really, and I certainly don't think she deserves the legal trouble or the media attention, the viewpoint of some of these comments emphasize the precise reason why a story like this is disturbing to me. Personal sexual preferences aside, there is something wrong with a society that says it's OK and normal for people in completely different stages of life to have sexual contact. That goes for older men with 18-year-old women too. It's just disgusting.”
UKVisitor on Jun 23, 2012 at 01:35:49
“But some 17 year olds are basically adults, you can't generalise. If you find it disgusting don't do it, but let other people make their own decisions.”
“You must not have seen Jennifer Lawrence in Winter's Bone, or else you would know that she IS a very talented actress capable of performing with emotional intensity. Dismissing her by saying she was only chosen for her whiteness or her looks is unfair. She is a critically acclaimed (Oscar nomination for the film I mentioned above), up-and-coming young actress much like the two (also white!) alternatives you mentioned.”
“While I certainly don't think rioting is a form of 'celebration,' and I totally disapprove of what some UK students did, I think it's equally as appalling that members of this site are using stereotypical, prejudiced reasons for the mayhem.
As an eastern Kentucky native and resident of Lexington (where I attend the University of Kentucky finishing my junior year), it's disgusting that people assume if a group of people is from a certain state, it must consist of uneducated, inbred, racist, drug-addled, shoeless, uncivilized, and brutish hillbillies.
It's not OK to bash someone for their race, gender, nationality, or sexual orientation, but it seems like society thinks it's perfectly alright to judge and publicly ridicule someone based on his or her accent or culture. The people of Kentucky, while some may fall under the stereotypes you're perpetuating with your words, are mostly friendly, decent people.
All of you that speak out against hate and injustice on this site but still think it's perfectly acceptable to call all Kentuckians barbaric, revolting hicks, think about how hypocritical you're being. There's nothing wrong with saying, "Oh, that kind of violence over sports is unacceptable" or "I don't agree with the state of Kentucky's political representatives and/or their voting record(s)." But in my opinion, explaining these riots with a casual, "Well of course those dumb, incest rednecks would act like this over a basketball game," is poorly thought-out, and frankly, makes you seem like the uneducated one.”