Students and teachers dating
The court sided with 38-year-old David Paschal, an Elkins High School history and psychology teacher who admitted having a five-month consensual sexual relationship with an 18-year-old student.
He was a visiting prof from California and was the kind of guy who played guitar in class, while his wife had remained in Cali.
"We're reviewing the decision," said Matt De Cample, spokesman for Governor Mike Beebe.
"It's way too early to talk about any immediate attempts at a legislative response." Paschal, who is serving a 30-year sentence, will have his convictions reversed and dismissed.
"This will cause significant disruption in our high schools and have a deleterious impact on education in general and the teacher-student dynamic in particular," wrote Brown. "We respect the Court's decision, although we disagree with it," wrote Aaron Sadler, spokesman for Arkansas Attorney General Dustin Mc Daniel in an email.
"We are currently evaluating our options, which include seeking a rehearing." Whether the ruling will or can be addressed through future legislation is also unclear.