The Most Shocking Revelation In The “Teacher Runs Off With Student” Story?

Yes, it’s pretty shocking that a 41-year-old high school teacher would dump his family and his job to move in with an 18 year-old student. Yes, I feel bad for the mother of 18 year-old Jordan, who worked so hard to protect her and help her stay out of trouble.

Her daughter’s a drop-out, shacking up with a loser, and the poor Mom is stuck.

But that’s not the part of this story that shocked me the most. No, this is the gasp-inducing part of this story for me:

Extra jobs such as the [advising school] clubs earned Hooker $28,000 in added pay in 2009, the latest figures immediately available. District records show Hooker made $110,537 that year.

For 180 days of work teaching kids how to surf the web, this high school computer teacher was making $110k a year?  Holy crap!

But don’t worry. Judgment day is coming:

Hooker said he hopes to get a job in the private sector. "We’re just taking it day by day," he said.

This girl is about to go from the center of a soap opera with her $100k+ (plus benefits) husband, to just another girl with an old boyfriend looking for a job.

The chances that Mr. Hooker will find a private sector job that pays anything close to what he was making from the taxpayers?

About the same as the chances these two will be together five years from now.

Michael Graham
Radio talk show host, columnist for the Boston Herald, stand-up comic and former GOP political consultant. Learn more about Michael here.

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