A Messmer High School teacher is accused of sexually assaulting at least two male students. Megan Garland, a 28-year-old Milwaukee science teacher, was first accused on May 23rd of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old male student inside a parked car.
On Monday, a 15-year-old male student reported that the teacher sexually assaulted him as well, the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel reported.
A letter notifying parents of the allegations was posted on the website of Messmer High School, a Catholic school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The letter says the teacher has been suspended pending the Milwaukee Police investigation, but Garland is not mentioned by name.
Sadly, the nature of illegal relationships between teachers and students can make it very difficult for students to even realize they have been victimized. Because predator teachers often make excuses for their behavior by either saying the student was mature for their age or by romanticizing the relationship, the child may not realize they were victimized until years later.
Even when a child sexual abuse victim does not feel they have been victimized, it is absolutely crucial to get them help as early as possible. As a parent, the most important thing you can do is not ignore what happened to your child. The child will not forget what happened to them and if you avoid confronting it, it may come out in very inconvenient ways later in life.
Healing begins with empowerment. With the right support system of therapists, advocates, and sometimes even attorneys, you can help empower your child to begin their healing process.