‘I feel like I was the victim’: Mary Beth Haglin (24), former high school teacher, blames 17-year-old student for seducing her

Our thanks to Martin for this, from The Washington Post. The start of the piece:

She was a 24-year-old substitute teacher.

He was a 17-year-old high school student.

And over the course of an illicit, months-long relationship during the 2015-2016 school year in Cedar Rapids, she admits, the pair had sex “hundreds of times.”

Mary Beth Haglin was charged in July with sexual exploitation by a teacher.

But now, Haglin claims that not only is she innocent of committing any crime, she’s actually the victim in the relationship.

Haglin appeared on the “Dr. Phil” show this week and accused the student of hatching an elaborate plan of romantic seduction, then threatening to “burn her life down” if she ended the relationship.

In recent months, Haglin claims, she’s been fired from her job and forced to work as a stripper [my emphasis] using the nom de stage “Bambi.”

“The student twisted my brain into accepting this relationship,” she told Dr. Phil McGraw. “He did so with such intelligence and such an elevated vocabulary that I was completely duped by the whole facade.”

“Many people see him as the victim and me as the perpetrator,” she added. “From a psychological standpoint and from every other standpoint, I feel like I am the victim.

“He did burn my life to the ground.”

An interesting tale. A 24-year-old female teacher asserts she had less moral agency than a male minor for whom she was professionally responsible.

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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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3 Responses to ‘I feel like I was the victim’: Mary Beth Haglin (24), former high school teacher, blames 17-year-old student for seducing her

  1. William Gruff says:

    Mike Buchanan wrote:

    A 24-year-old female teacher asserts she had less moral agency than a male minor … ‘

    and considerably less brain (she said ‘the student twisted my brain into accepting this relationship … he did so with such intelligence and such an elevated vocabulary that I was completely duped by the whole facade.’)

    I’m not surprised she turned to stripping as she clearly hasn’t the brain for anything more intellectually demanding.

  2. sanity2014 says:

    Would anyone give a male teacher the benefit of the doubt if roles were reversed? If a male teacher said a 17 year old girl student seduced him? While similar situations happen to both male and female teachers, the law must not treat the female teachers more leniently. But it does. On what grounds ? Can not be on legal grounds, so it must be on cultural grounds. Then it is time to admit our culture and traditions must be adjusted.

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