Mary Kay Letourneau: There Isn't a Comparison to a Male In My Situation
January 28, 2011
by Kate Goodin
© The Today Show
It's been a while since Mary Kay Letourneau, the former teacher infamous for her affair with a 13-year-old student, Vili Fualaau, has been in the public eye. But with the news that she recently became a grandmother, the Today Show caught up with Letourneau (now Fualaau, as the former teacher-student pair were married in 2006) and her husband.
The interesting part comes at about the 5:20 mark (if you can get that far in this uncomfortable interview), when Meredith Vieira asks Fualaau what she would say if her 13-year-old daughter was having a relationship with a male teacher. Fualaau said: "There really isn't a comparison to a male in this situation, compared to a female."
Fualaau backtracked when Vieira asked her to clarify, saying, "I would be worried if she was with someone her own age." Vieira then asked how she would react if she had a son in a relationship with a female teacher, to which Fualaau said: "No, I didn’t say that would be okay...in an ideal world, nobody would say that's okay."
But apparently, it was okay for Fualaau, who doesn't look back with regrets: "I look back and say I was doing my best in every situation at the time," she said.
Do you think Fualaau is right in saying that her situation would be different for a male teacher and female student, or is it just plain wrong for an adult to have an intimate relationship with a 13-year-old, regardless of gender?
Watch the full interview: