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Linda Wall, a conservative independent seeking a House of Delegates seat from Appomattox, says when she was a junior high teacher 40 years ago she had an affair with a female student but that she was a "different person" back then. Full Story
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Disillusioned

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Oct 27, 2011
Sorry, but I think this lady is crazy to try and run for any political office after admitting having an "affair" with a student when she was a teacher (same sex or not).

Ms. Wall, the Lord will forgive you, but you need to use better judgment about seeking a political office, as humans are not as forgiving.
WWTJDO

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Oct 27, 2011
Crazy, for something that happened 40 yeras ago. If there was a pattern of this I'd agree. But in life we are all guilty of something in our past. If it were required to be perfect to run we'd have no one eligible for office. As for trying to charge her, it's a joke. As for the person who said he had no grudge, yeah, right. Just another jerk w/ an axe to grind. But hey, isn't that what we're all about now? Let's ruin someone just because we can. The people in this country are pathetic at times. God help us all.
reader 101

Churchville, VA

#3 Oct 27, 2011
WWTJDO wrote:
Crazy, for something that happened 40 yeras ago. If there was a pattern of this I'd agree. But in life we are all guilty of something in our past. If it were required to be perfect to run we'd have no one eligible for office. As for trying to charge her, it's a joke. As for the person who said he had no grudge, yeah, right. Just another jerk w/ an axe to grind. But hey, isn't that what we're all about now? Let's ruin someone just because we can. The people in this country are pathetic at times. God help us all.
Yes all of us make mistakes, but most of use do not make FELONY mistakes that could put you on the sex offenders list. That's not a "my bad" moment like speeding and rear ending somebody. This is a felony and inappropiate sexual behavior.
really

Petersburg, VA

#4 Oct 27, 2011
to WWTJDO, To borrow your line, you are "pathetic." She did not run a traffic light, she did not even still money out of a cash register that she was in charge of, she had sex with a minor (her own admission) who was under her custody and control. There is a reason this sort of crime does not expire under a statute of limitations. 40 years ago, or yesterday, she has already abused the public trust once and violated a minor. I'm curious, just what do you think crosses the line? What if it was 1 year ago? 5 years ago? When exactly do you think it's ok to have had sex with a minor student under your direct control and supervision?
Linda Wall

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Oct 27, 2011
Do as I say and not as I do.
Linda Wall

Charlottesville, VA

#6 Oct 27, 2011
I'm not really Linda Wall. That last post was satire. So don't sue me, Linda.
Observant

Chesterfield, MO

#7 Oct 27, 2011
and she wants your vote!? I think NOT!
Maybe

Charlottesville, VA

#8 Oct 27, 2011
Once again we have a political figure pleading her case on sexual orientation. Who gives a rat's a$$? Nobody. But this woman is a predator and that should concern all of us. And a serious lack of commonsense and judgment? And arrogance to think that should this come out, that nobody would notice or care? Really??
GoUVa

Nokesville, VA

#10 Oct 27, 2011
We are talking about the early 70's here. I remember teachers in High School that had student girl friends. It was not uncommon to know of a teacher, male or female, having a relationship with a student back then. I remember the day when we carried guns in our vehicles so we could hunt after school. Both instances are wrong today but back then, it really wasn't that big a deal.
really

Petersburg, VA

#11 Oct 27, 2011
GoUVa wrote:
We are talking about the early 70's here. I remember teachers in High School that had student girl friends. It was not uncommon to know of a teacher, male or female, having a relationship with a student back then. I remember the day when we carried guns in our vehicles so we could hunt after school. Both instances are wrong today but back then, it really wasn't that big a deal.
It was uncommon, your memory is faulty. Just because it might have happened does not mean it was a common occurrence. Read the article again... she was a JUNIOR HIGH TEACHER! JUNIOR HIGH! Not an 18 year old Senior getting ready to graduate, but a JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT! Sick, she should be prosecuted if the victim steps forward.
Disillusioned

Charlottesville, VA

#12 Oct 27, 2011
GoUVa wrote:
We are talking about the early 70's here. I remember teachers in High School that had student girl friends. It was not uncommon to know of a teacher, male or female, having a relationship with a student back then. I remember the day when we carried guns in our vehicles so we could hunt after school. Both instances are wrong today but back then, it really wasn't that big a deal.
Not sure what bothers me more, that she was a teacher who smoked a lot of pot and had an affair with a student, or that she now claims she is a different person and thinks that is sufficient to clear her of all guilt and even her sexual orientation (SHE is the one who said she has changed and it was wrong, not me). So pot now makes you totally indiscriminate in your morals and is an excuse for being held accountable? Wow -- next thing you'll hear is smoking pot is a disease like alcoholism.

Sorry, but a politician should be held accountable for what they've done in the past. Or maybe they'll excuse away something they did while in office at a later time.

I guess it is her audacity to expect everyone to forgive and forget simply because she claims to now be "a different person" that just hits me the wrong way. I'm no angel, but I have never made lame excuses for my past mistakes. Does she give someone else credit for her accomplishments?

This just doesn't add up for me, GoUVa.
America1st

Charlottesville, VA

#13 Oct 27, 2011
I love how she thinks the atrocious part of all of this is the fact that it was a homosexual relationship... as if that's what she should be apologizing for.
zZz

Charlottesville, VA

#14 Oct 27, 2011
She's experienced - best candidate for the job. Has my vote.
GoUVa

Nokesville, VA

#15 Oct 27, 2011
really wrote:
<quoted text>
It was uncommon, your memory is faulty. Just because it might have happened does not mean it was a common occurrence. Read the article again... she was a JUNIOR HIGH TEACHER! JUNIOR HIGH! Not an 18 year old Senior getting ready to graduate, but a JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT! Sick, she should be prosecuted if the victim steps forward.
Look...how many of your friends or even yourself had a relationship at the age of 18, 19 or 20+ with a person 16 or 15 years of age when you were coming up. You are still guilty of a crime if you did. People did and do some stupid things when they are young.
Do we hold things against people for what they did 40 years ago because if we did, many would not be employed in their positions today. Everyone, and I mean everyone has a skeleton in their closet. We are only human!
really

Petersburg, VA

#16 Oct 27, 2011
GoUVa wrote:
<quoted text>Look...how many of your friends or even yourself had a relationship at the age of 18, 19 or 20+ with a person 16 or 15 years of age when you were coming up. You are still guilty of a crime if you did. People did and do some stupid things when they are young.
Do we hold things against people for what they did 40 years ago because if we did, many would not be employed in their positions today. Everyone, and I mean everyone has a skeleton in their closet. We are only human!
GoUVA, I think you are missing my main point. She was this persons teacher. That is a very important person in a childs life. Manipulation, coercion come to mind. That is compounded by the fact it happened in Junior High. I am sorry, this is not the same thing as an 18 year old dating a 16 year old. She was being paid by the school system to be a teacher, not sleep with her students. No excuse, no rationale can change what this was...criminal behavior.
Disillusioned

Charlottesville, VA

#17 Oct 27, 2011
really wrote:
<quoted text>
GoUVA, I think you are missing my main point. She was this persons teacher. That is a very important person in a childs life. Manipulation, coercion come to mind. That is compounded by the fact it happened in Junior High. I am sorry, this is not the same thing as an 18 year old dating a 16 year old. She was being paid by the school system to be a teacher, not sleep with her students. No excuse, no rationale can change what this was...criminal behavior.
Good point. It wasn't too many months ago when there was a teacher who had sex with a student and it was called statutory rape. Don't teachers have to graduate from college, which would put Ms. Wall at the minimum of 21 years old, and aren't middle school kids a maximum of say 14? That's quite a difference, and to merely call it an "affair" is minimizing it just a tad, don't you think? If I had a 14 year old daughter and her teacher had sex with her, I wouldn't be too pleased to have her wave it all away with seemingly little remorse.

America1st

Charlottesville, VA

#18 Oct 27, 2011
GoUVa wrote:
<quoted text>Look...how many of your friends or even yourself had a relationship at the age of 18, 19 or 20+ with a person 16 or 15 years of age when you were coming up. You are still guilty of a crime if you did. People did and do some stupid things when they are young.
Do we hold things against people for what they did 40 years ago because if we did, many would not be employed in their positions today. Everyone, and I mean everyone has a skeleton in their closet. We are only human!
Umm, most people who are "18, 19 or 20+" of age don't have relationships with 16 and 15 year-old kids. Do you not know that? What are you, some sort of sicko?
Scene enough

Charlottesville, VA

#20 Oct 27, 2011
Not cool. Unfortunately she WILL get away with it unless the victim comes forward. If that person hasn't done it yet, then she probably won't, if she's even alive. Hopefully the victim got help. I mean, really. What if you murdered someone 40 years ago and no one knew till now. Granted most people change a great deal in 40 years but a felony is still a felony. One may truly be sorry or even truly have found God. But the consequences are still there.
Momsy

Harrisonburg, VA

#21 Oct 27, 2011
GoUVa wrote:
<quoted text>Look...how many of your friends or even yourself had a relationship at the age of 18, 19 or 20+ with a person 16 or 15 years of age when you were coming up. You are still guilty of a crime if you did. People did and do some stupid things when they are young.
Do we hold things against people for what they did 40 years ago because if we did, many would not be employed in their positions today. Everyone, and I mean everyone has a skeleton in their closet. We are only human!
Sorry. I know lots of people very well. There aren't as many skeletons out there as you claim. It just seems that some people who run for office believe they have something special. Hubris, ego, selfcenteredness? Yeah, that's a start.
twinmom

Charlottesville, VA

#22 Oct 27, 2011
Forty years ago, when homosexuality was not very accepted in our society, most individuals who felt that they might have a preference for the same sex, went through a period of confusion and searching for their sexual identity. Wall was how old before she got religion and discovered her "true" sexual identity? So what do you think might have been going through a middle schooler's head, trying to find out who she was? A teacher would have been a person to trust, to confide in when a girl was afraid of her friends' or her parents' reaction. Ms Wall abused that trust, and used this girl for her own gratification. I can have no respect for her. She should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, and I hope that the victim sues her for all the tea in China.
One of the problems with our current lawmakers is that the general public has lost trust in them. How can we ever trust Wall?

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