Looked for good existing thread to attach this to, but did not find one. While I don't approve of the teacher's judgement, floating around in my mind is a Van Halen song, and a 17 year old male having sex with his teacher combined with a $6M bonus, win-win! <- Yes, bad, but I can remember when I was a male teen. Damaged does not seem to be a word that comes to mind, other than for supporting a standard. Seriously, $6M? I consider that an excessive windfall. NEWS Redlands Unified will pay $6 million to teen who had sex with teacher Quote: The Redlands Unified School District will pay a former high school student $6 million to settle a lawsuit brought against it after former teacher Laura Whitehurst was convicted of having sex with him and other students. “All of this is put to rest now and, in fact, we hope that this tragic and unfortunate episode will now be behind us as a school district,” district spokesman Tom DeLapp said at a press conference Friday morning at RUSD headquarters. Update: My comments are addressing this specific case. No intention of making light of sexual abuse in general. It can be traumatizing, and real damage can be done, especially violence and rape..