Alarms go off when a teacher, coach or unrelated adult has private communications with a kid.
In 2007, the parents of a Salem High School volleyball player reported to the school’s administrators that the coach was lavishing attention and gifts on their daughter. As the player would explain years later to a reporter writing about charges filed against the coach for secretly video-recording student athletes changing clothes: “He was just texting like he was my friend. . . . He was texting like he was my age.”
Danger signs that trigger the creep alert. Some teenage girls, though, are flattered when an older man, especially one they admire, pays special attention. Sadly, they don’t tell anyone and can fall prey to sexual predators.