The former teacher who reportedly had sex with a middle-school student is speaking now (2:30 p.m. Central) in a news conference. Prosecutors have dropped charges after a judge refused to accpt a plea bargain. The victim's family didn't want him to testify.
She says she's bipolar; she bristles at the media and says she "wants the world to see that bipolar is real ... I challenge you to read a book on bipolar illness." She says she's doing an online course for journalism and says she has a gift for writing.
She doesn't care, she says, about the media coverage, or what people think of her. "I believe that my family knows who I am. Right now, my family and my friends are all that matter," she says.
Lafave says she's in therapy, and prays all media coverage will die out. She says her passion was teaching, and she's lost that. She says she's very remorseful: "My greatest regret would be that I put this young man through this."
She says she's a "strong Christian woman," and having sex with a student was "just a bump in the road."
A reporter asks if, through counseling, she's learned why she had sex with a student. Lafave pauses for several seconds and frowns. She mouths something about being in counseling for a long time, but no, she doesn't know why. It's bipolar's fault.