Imagine walking in on your son and finding him in bed with their school counsellor? That’s what one Texan mother faced when opened her son’s bedroom door in the middle of the day expecting to find the room empty. Instead, she found 33-year-old school counsellor Shannon Hathaway performing sexual acts on her 17-year-old son.
Shannon, who was employed at Harwood Junior High was arrested on Thursday and charged with having an improper relationship with a student. This came after a warrant was put out for her arrest on Wednesday after the boy’s sister alerted the police to the unusual relationship.
It is believed the pair had maintained a relationship for quite some time, and that it all came apart when they were discovered mid-tryst and the boy put an end to the affair. However, documents also reveal that Hathaway has voiced commitment to the relationship, even going so far as to say that she would leave her husband so she can be with the boy.
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Police had also contacted the school where Shannon worked to alert them to her behaviour, and to let them know that police were looking for. However, come Thursday, Hathaway simply resigned from the school and handed herself into authorities where she was promptly booked.
Meanwhile the school released the following statement to parents who might be concerned about their children’s own safety:
“The safety and security of our students is H-E-B ISD’s number one priority, and isolated incidents such as this one violate the trust between student, parent and school personnel, and will not be tolerated.”
Meanwhile the school’s superintendent, Steve Chapman, told reporters,
“There is no evidence to suggest the alleged behaviour happened on the Harwood Junior High campus.”
Similarly police have also stressed that the relationship was limited to this one boy with a policeman saying,
“We’re not aware that this happened to anyone else. Discuss this with your children. You have to be comfortable with your child and the school district.”
It’s hard to imagine just how shocking and angering it must have been for the boy’s mother to stumble across a member of the school’s staff in bed with her son in her own home. Frankly, we’re amazed she exhibited as much restraint as she did. Frankly, she’d have been forgiven if she’d lost her cool and gone after the woman with a big stick!