Modesto Teacher And Student

March 2, 2012 by staff 

Modesto Teacher And Student, The Modesto, Calif., teacher-student couple who revealed their romance this week now must cope with national celebrity.

“I know, it’s crazy!” said Enochs High School senior Jordan Powers on Thursday.

Powers, 18, moved in with her 41-year-old teacher James Hooker on Feb. 22, the day he resigned from Modesto City Schools. Hooker said he left his wife and three daughters the week before. The school district had suspended him Feb. 3.

Powers and Hooker appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Thursday. They were taping another segment Thursday for Friday.

“We have to stay exclusive with them,” Powers said, but added after their run on “Good Morning America” is done they are scheduled to appear on NBC’s “Today Show” as well as a CBS affiliate. The “Dr. Phil” and “Inside Edition” shows also want them.

None of the shows is paying them, which Powers didn’t think is right. But she feels their side needs to be told to counter widespread criticism led by her mother, Tammie Powers. “We’re just trying to get the story out,” Jordan Powers said.

The couple met when Powers was a freshman, but both say the romance didn’t bloom until months after she became of legal age Sept. 5. Hooker said he is confident that fact will be confirmed by Modesto police, who are investigating.

The story got 375,000 page views on between 8 p.m. Tuesday and 5 p.m. Thursday, said Bee director of interactive media Dan Day. National media Web sites drove 65,000 views of the original article on Thursday, just during the noon hour, Day said.

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