Thursday 20 December 2012

Headline Of The Month winner

In October, there was a report about another teacher having sex with a student:

A 32-year-old female Singaporean teacher was sentenced to a year in jail on Monday for having sex with a 15-year-old boy in her school, local media reported.

The teacher, who was married with two children, started a relationship with the student last year after she started counselling him.

The court was told that she wooed the boy with gifts including a copy of the bestselling book Eat Pray Love, which dealt with a divorced American woman's adventures and was made into a film starring Julia Roberts in 2010.

The two continued their relationship for more than a month, during which they had consensual sex at the teacher's flat before the student's parents found out about the affair and reported her to the school.

It was another one of those stories that would make great material for my movie script for Eric Khoo - if I were still writing it.

The most interesting detail in the story is of course the part about Eat Pray Love.

I've never read the book. I tried to watch the movie on video but gave up a quarter way through.

Anyway, one of my jobs at The New Paper apart from writing the column is coming up with headlines.

After almost five years at the paper, I found out this week that I've finally won a Headline Of The Month award.

My award-winning headline:

"Teach, Prey, Love?"

So thank you, 32-year-old teacher who had sex with a 15-year-old boy.

UPDATE: I win Headline Of The Year.