A second grade teacher at Markham Elementary School in Oakland, California has been suspended while school officials investigate allegations that his students engaged in sex acts during class time.

According to The Associated Press, the principal sent parents at the Bay Area elementary school a letter regarding the situation.

“We believe if the reports are true, there was a serious lapse of judgment or lack of supervision in the classroom,” said Troy Flint, a spokesman for the Oakland Unified School District. “We’re investigating how could this have happened. It seems unthinkable to us, just the same way it does to the public.”

According to reports, the principal heard about the incident after a student gave an account to a teacher’s aid. Allegedly, some of the second graders engaged in oral sex, while others partially stripped and became very disruptive during class time. The teacher, whose name has not been released, told school and police officials that he did not see anything suspicious going on in the room.

After hearing about the alleged incidents last Wednesday, the principal immediately placed the teacher on leave and launched an investigation. Counselors have been dispatched to the school and officials are trying to find out if the allegations are true.

“I apologize for this and assure you that we are collaborating with counselors and parents to provide support to those involved, address any concerns and take whatever actions are necessary to ensure that a similar act does not occur again,” principal Pam Booker told parents in a letter.

While the teacher is wholly responsible for stopping this type of behavior from taking place in a classroom, if the kids did in fact engage in these acts, it speaks to the things they have been exposed to at home and in the media.

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  • I see what Terri is saying….but no. Yes, children are curious about a lot of things. Their parts…other people’s parts. but it will RARELY ever go beyond touching other people. Children masturbate on occasion. They can touch themselves and know that it feels good. But putting their mouth on someone else’s genitals? having oral sex in the back of a classroom? Knowing what oral sex is in the first place? that was learned somewhere. That spans natural curiosity. They’ve seen that somewhere else OR as someone else mentioned, they were the victims of some sort of abuse.

    You even said “You will be surprised what little kids know and learn” so…where are they learning it from? Trust and believe (from someone who is young enough to remember those years) this isn’t just happening because of the hell of it. They learned it from somewhere and brought it to school.

  • charbaby

    I co-sign with the ladies who are saying children do have some sort of sexual feelings and even at that young age there is a sort of sexuality BUT i have never seen or heard of children in that age group having oral sex. never. i played house and we kissed and touched each other and it was very “oh haha i just touched your special place’ mainly because we knew we weren’t supposed to and it seemed very dangerous but i didn’t know what oral sex was, there was never any drive to discover putting my mouth somewhere.

    it really is a sign of how times have changed and we need to wake up when addressing situatuations like that. i was trying to explain to a young cousin of mine when i was your exact age there was a clear line of what was adult. now i watch her she is talking about having sex with her boyfriend. at ten.

    things have changed