I had a law lecturer once who liked to go off on rants ‘n’ tangents in lectures but he would always stop the recording before he did so, invoking “The Nixon Rule”.
We had no idea what he was talking about, so he explained once that the Nixon Rule was, quite simply, that you do not leave recordings of yourself doing or plotting illegal activities.
I was thinking about this just nao reading about an English maths teacher who has allegedly fucked off to France with one of his 15 year old students.
A lot of things about this story are kind of messed up, including the fact that he took her to France on the Ferry – suggesting that he was too cheap or too poor for the Eurostar. If I was an underage girl fleeing the country with a teacher twice my age, I would at least make sure that he could provide me with a certain standard living – that would not include inhaling diesel fumes while standing in line for the ferry bathroom behind some Romanian coach passengers.
But here’s the other messed-up thing:
Mr Forrest, a maths teacher at Megan’s school, is believed to have debated “what is right or wrong, acceptable or unacceptable?” before concluding that “actually we get a lot of things wrong”.
In a blog post written in May this year, he allegedly said: “At the end of the day I was satisfied that if you can look at yourself in the mirror and know that, under all the front, that you are a good person, that should have faith in your own judgment.”
And here is the blog.
And here is the tortured acoustic emo of a deeply unhappy man who will probably be writing songs about hearing trains headed on down to San Antonio or snitches getting stitches before too long.
And here is the list of artists who can all be individually and collectively blamed for this. Of all the artists on the list I would personally put those menaces to youth Paramore and Dashboard Confessional at the top of the moral panic hit list. And I notice that amongst all those bands, Accoustic Emo Loverboi has no room for Jawbreaker. You can commence the tasering, officers, such a man deserves no mercy.
But I’m thinking, what kind of dumbass considering absconding with an underage girl blogs about it?
Does he not think that the police and courts might find his desperate attempts to justify criminal activity of interest? I mean, effectively saying that if you’re a decent bloke on the weight of things you can kind of disregard age of consent laws is gonna make it rather difficult to argue that this was all just a drunken accident when they catch you sobbing in a cheap motel near Orly airport with a one-way ticket to Mogadishu, isn’t it?