Carmen Brown was a teacher and boys basketball coach at Saranac High School before she resigned this summer amidst allegations that she had an inappropriate relationship with a student.
Now, she is speaking out to defend herself, saying that what she did was fine because the boy was 18, and their relationship was consensual. A memo in her file says that Brown had an “inappropriate romantic and sexual relationship,” and goes on to say that she “groomed” her victim. It is these accusations that prompted Brown to speak out.
“I care for [the 18-year-old]. My son cares for him, and I just don’t like words like ‘grooming’ and ‘half- naked’ pictures, because that’s not how it is,” Brown told her local news affiliate. “We’ve been very good friends. We have a strong friendship, as well. It’s not a scandalous, backseat type of love affair that it’s being made out to be.”
Brown went on to say that their relationship began innocently enough when she began working out with the boy last year. Things escalated in May, when their relationship turned sexual.
“We’ve both been very honest through this, even to the point of hurting families and things like that,” said Brown. “That is just…I’m shaking right now just to watch the media, and the way it sounds is not how it is.”
“I’m sorry that, you know, the relationship did develop beyond what was considered professional, but a lot of the words being used are not representative of what the relationship is,” she continued.
Despite the accusations against her, Brown said her relationship with the boy has continued.
“We’re, yes, very much still friends, and have a relationship where we help each other out,” the former teacher said. “He makes me be a better person. I’ve grown as an individual, and an adult and as a mother.”
Brown resigned from her job earlier this month, and she said she has no plans to pursue any other teaching position,
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