There are times where the mind just can’t comprehend some of the news it comes across… This past Monday the Georgia Supreme Court ruled in a 5-to-2 decision that it was legal for teachers to have sexual contact with a student so long as they were over the state’s age of consent, which is 16-years-old.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the case came before the court on the appeal of a conviction of Melissa Lee Chase after she was not allowed to present a defense where she would have said the student she had sex with, who was over 16-years-old, was consensual to the situation.

If you or someone you know is concerned about whether or not your student teacher romance is inappropriate or illegal, consider seeking help by confiding in a trust friend, a physician or even an attorney.

While doubt is a natural byproduct of romance, fear of discovery, legal ramifications and a threat to your reputation may be the wake-up call needed to avoid making a bad decision worse.

If the student remains at the same university or college, then the professor should contact the dean to alert him or her of a possible morals clause violation.

Ultimately, it is up to the teacher (who has the most to lose) to put the brakes on any possible romance with a student, particularly if it is harmful to his or her reputation, job security and safety.

Even if a student is of the age of consent, the situation between a grade school teacher and student is different than in any other educational setting.

You are taught from a very young age that teachers are your custodians from the time you get to school until the time you leave.

The best advice for a student and teacher, who find themselves interested in pursuing a romantic relationship, is to sever the student and teacher relationship before acting in any inappropriate manner.

If it is impossible to sever the student and teacher relationship, then the couple should refrain from acting on feelings (no matter how intense) until such a time as the student/teacher bond has ended.

It could also lead to the teacher's dismissal because most universities have a code of conduct that both students and professors are expected to follow.

Professors who violate this code of conduct may forfeit personal reputations and valued tenures.

With few exceptions, most states consider acting physically on that kind of a romantic relationship to be child molestation.