The students at James Madison High School in Brooklyn were conveniently assembled watching a talent show in the auditorium last month, but a janitor was still making the rounds when he came across French teacher Cindy Mauro and (married) Spanish teacher Alini Brito speaking, as the Daily News put it, "the international language of love." Both were immediately suspended, but that hasn't stopped the buzz around the school. Rather than stay above it all, the tabloid this morning got right into it with the kids:
"[Ms. Mauro] was pretty fun," said junior Eddie Ramirez, 18. "She dressed like a teenage girl - she'd wear low-cut tops, shorts, three-quarter length jeans. She was kinda sexy ... You could see that she was the kind of person who would flirt." Students said Mauro dyed some of her hair pink over the summer and has an array of sexy tattoos: a sun on her lower back, a flower on her leg, and a star on her foot.
It's exactly incidents like these that make it hard for other, well-behaved young teachers to get their students to give them respect. Well, that and Lifetime Original Movies like Student Seduction, starring Elizabeth Berkley. But what can you do?