Group rallies for tougher teacher-student sex laws

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A Birmingham group is calling on state officials to strengthen laws against teachers who have inappropriate relationships with students.

The group, called Citizens for Better Schools, held a news conference outside the State Department of Education headquarters in Montgomery on Monday.

Executive director Ronald Jackson said the organization was contacted two weeks ago by a mother whose 17-year-old son had an inappropriate relationship with his 38-year-old Advanced Placement history teacher.

Jackson said he was surprised to learn that state laws against carnal knowledge of a minor only cover victims 16 and younger.

The group wants legislation passed to cover all students.

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