Tammy Powers began her fight last month when she found out her 18-year-old daughter Jordan Powers was dating her 41-year-old teacher James Hooker.
Since then, she tried to break them up and failed because the law was not on her side. So Tammy decided to take her fight to the State Capitol and try to change the law.
“In 23 other states, it’s a felony and in California it should absolutely be a felony,” said Powers.
Together, Powers and her Assembly Member Kirstin Olsen have worked together to create a piece of legislation that would make it a felony if a teacher were to pursue a relationship with a high school student, regardless of their age.
“But to add an additional deterrent by saying that you know longer get to have your pension or retirement benefits if you’re going to commit what clearly should be a felony,” said Olsen.
And since FOX40 broke the story last month, Powers has been on several national shows telling her side of the story. She hopes the national publicity will give this legislation some legs and it will become a law sooner than later. Powers said she doesn’t plan to stop there. Her next stop will be Washington D.C., where she wants to get federal legislation passed that would protect all kids.
“Raised awareness people are having conversations now with their children that they didn’t have before,” said Powers.