Driving In My Car

High School Math teacher (man) sees a student (girl) in need of help…

I was driving home one night from the grocery store when I saw one of my high school students walking down a road with no sidewalk. It was dark and looked dangerous. I pulled over and asked the student if she was ok since it was dark, probably about 8:00 pm and she was alone. The student was clearly upset … she begged me to give her a ride to the school. She looked scared and said she didn’t have her cell phone with her. She told her parents that she was at the football game and she told me that she left the game to visit a friend. Something about her story didn’t add up. It was dark and I didn’t want to leave her alone at night, but I didn’t feel comfortable giving her a ride to the school.

Weighing possible outcomes

  • What if she gets hurt while walking to the school?
  • What if I give her a ride to the school, would I be liable?
  • What if other students see us in the car together, wouldn’t the situation will be open to interpretation?
  • What if there was more to the story that I wasn’t aware of?