I was listening to the most recent episode of the podcast Up & Vanished the other day. In this episode, they were trying to fathom the motivation of a person alleged to have murdered his former teacher, Tara Grinstead, a few years after he had graduated and moved on.
There's a lot of background to this and I'm not going to try to distill it in order for all this to make sense. I'll simply say one theory is that he had an unrequited crush on her for years that he never played on until much later and that he may have approached her about it and had his crush crushed. They theorize that this rejection could have set him off... if this was indeed what happened.
One of the speakers in the podcast said something to the effect of, "Everyone has had a crush on a teacher at one time or another." And this got me thinking, "Have we all really had crushes on teachers?"
I don't recall having one. Not in grade school, middle school, high school, college, or grad school. Even if she wasn't my teacher but just someone I saw around the school, I am pretty certain I've never had a crush on any teachers. Loathed some, sure. But crushed on them? I don't think so.
Have you ever had a teacher crush?