Ripped from the Headlines: Teacher Leaves Family for Student

March 13, 2012

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Tammie confronts her daughter's former teacher/ boyfriend.  

Does love really conquer all? James, 41, made headlines when he quit his job and left his wife and three children to pursue a relationship with his 18-year-old former student, Jordan. The couple says they're not breaking any laws, want to set the record straight with Dr. Phil, and want Jordan's mother, Tammie, to stop her Facebook "smear campaign" against them. In a national exclusive, Tammie confronts James for the first time on Dr. Phil’s stage.


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“Love Is a Crazy Thing”
Jordan, 18, recently moved in with James, 41, who resigned from his position as a high school business teacher and club leader, after being placed on administrative leave, while the school district and Modesto police investigate the relationship. When did their romance begin? Did James cross a line as Jordan’s teacher? And, what does Jordan stand to lose?


James and Jordan tell their side.



A Livid Mother
Jordan’s mother, Tammie, calls the relationship inappropriate and says she believes it started when her daughter was underage. She has launched a public attack on Facebook against the man that she is calling a criminal. Dr. Phil sits down with Tammie backstage. Find out why she says James is lying. 


“I hope he goes to jail.”



Face to Face for the First Time
In a national exclusive, Tammie confronts James for the first time on Dr. Phil’s stage. Consulting phone records, Dr. Phil points out what may be an inconsistency in James and Jordan’s story. What do James and Jordan have to say? If she got a chance to do it over, would Jordan still get involved with her former teacher? Is James remorseful for how his actions have affected their families?

“I just love her.”