By Oyinlola Awonuga-Balogun (The New Diplomat’s Entertainment, Lifestyle & Sports Desk)
A former student of a prestigious private boarding school in Queensland, Australia has slammed a $1 million suit on his teacher, claiming she seduced him into his first sext when he was just 13 years old.
According to The Daily Mail, the unnamed student, who is now an adult, alleges he was just 13 and had just begun boarding in grade eight when an adult female teacher in her 20s took an interest in him at the boarding school.
The suit alleges the teacher spent hours alone with the teen boy, gradually seducing him into a sexual relationship.
The woman allegedly used songs from Celine Dion and Savage Garden in various romantic notes to the boy.
The teacher was sued for $1M after the boy’s mother caught them in his bedroom.
The plaintiff’s lawyer, Brian Dooley told the court that the abuse by the teacher started with touching and kissing that ultimately led to oral sex and sexual intercourse.
However, the boy’s father said he noticed some strange behaviours between his child and the alleged abuser, spotting them touching whenever he attended his son’s sporting matches.
“The father will tell you he said he was surprised about the manner of dress of the defendant [when they arrived] … she was dressed like a teenager,” Dooley said.
According to The Courier Mail, the relationship ultimately culminated in the teacher taking the underage boy’s virginity.
“I felt ecstatic, I was a 13-year-old boy being kissed by an adult,” the former student told the court.
“I thought I was amazing,” the former student told the court of his illicit relationship with the private boarding school teacher.
He told the Brisbane court he lost his virginity to the teacher at her home while her husband was away.
He testified that they were involved in a serious relationship, but it came to an end after his parents discovered evidence of the love notes and confronted the school.
This prompted the teacher to resign and cut ties with the boy, leaving him “angry and heartbroken.”
The man, who was 13 when the alleged relationship began, claimed the pair passed hundreds of love notes and met almost daily for secret rendezvous in classrooms and the teacher’s car and home during their almost two-year relationship.
“She just disappeared, vanished into thin air, I didn’t know what was going on,” he said.
“You go from seeing someone every day and sharing intimate times with them and then they’re gone.”
The former student said the relationship impacted his subsequent education and employment opportunities and caused long-lasting psychological harm.
The trial is continuing, and both the teacher and the student have not been publicly identified.
“I thought about it all the time, I couldn’t sleep at night, I thought about many things, I thought about how could someone do this to me, how could the school do that to me, why would Mum and Dad not protect me, why a lot of things, and most of all, why me?”