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Roberts: Boy allegedly molested by Goodyear teacher Brittany Zamora is … lucky?

Goodyear teacher Brittany Zamora appears before a court commissioner for the first time since being arrested March 22, 2018, on suspicion of sexual conduct with a minor, child molestation and transmitting obscene material. Bond was set at $250,000.

Maricopa County Superior Court

Laurie Roberts: Why is our reaction different when the child being molested by a teacher is a boy?

A sixth-grade teacher is arrested and accused of having sex with a 13-year-old student.

Their liaisons, according to police, included sex in the classroom, sexting over the phone and the naked self-portraits sent from teacher to student.

Well, you can imagine the response.

“Truly histories (sic) greatest monster,” wrote Fitz Madrid, a DJ at 98 KUPD, on his Facebook page. “So bad. Much horror. Lock her up (in my garage) and throw away the key.”

That’s such a predictable response

Madrid’s response is, sadly, predictable.

A 13-year-old boy is molested and we see him as … lucky.

“I need to go back to school,” wrote a guy named Kajon, in response to Madrid’s comments about the story of the teacher’s arrest.

“This boy is a legend,” replied Richard, also replying to Madrid’s Facebook post.

Actually, this boy is a victim. You just wouldn’t know it from many (most?) people’s responses when they hear about stories like this one.

High fives for the victim?

According to court records, 27-year-old Brittany Ann Zamora groomed and had sex with a boy in her sixth-grade classroom at Las Brisas Academy Elementary School in Goodyear.

The 13-year-old told police Zamora began “flirting” with him on a classroom chat group, that she sent pictures of herself naked and in lingerie and had sex with him several times. A second student told police he also received naked pictures of the teacher.

Police say teacher and student had sex, including the oral variety, in her classroom and in her car.

The relationship came to light after the boy’s parents discovered sexually explicit material on their son’s phone and Instagram account.

Parents took it took seriously

They took it seriously, even if few others do.

“Lmao what do you expect from the little guy,” wrote Tyler, responding to Madrid. “Props to him, that’s all I gotta say. Of course not something you want to see from a teacher but get that kid a medal.”

Actually, props to the police and prosecutors who understand that predators are predators, regardless of their gender. And that boys can be preyed on and victimized as easily as girls.

We just don’t laugh about it when it happens to girls.

Fortunately, people are starting to understand that high fives aren’t the right reaction to crimes such as this. That boys can be victims, too.

“Try working with kids that have been molested by adults then make comments about how lucky the kid is,” wrote Leslie.

Try being one of those kids.

I was contacted by a reader on Monday who endured sexual abuse from age 7 to 12, courtesy of several female friends of the family and a babysitter. Several decades later, he’s still affected.

“I hope to one day be able to do my part to have a healthy, happy and loving relationship with a woman who accepts me for me and allows me to do the same where she is concerned,” he wrote.

Even psychologists, he said, are often “unversed in the idea of males as victims. Or at least, adult males who are trying to overcome the residue of childhood abuses.”

Clearly we’ve got a ways to go, when people — a lot of people — are more likely to snicker than to be shocked.

“I think of the damaged (sic) she has caused that young man and it makes me sad,” Madrid wrote. “He is going to spend the rest of his life thinking that hot chicks will risk prison to suck his %$#%.”

Reach Roberts at laurie.roberts@arizonarepublic.com.

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