Student Slain in Teacher Love Triangle

April 15, 2009

(ChattahBox)—A disturbing story out of Arizona today involving the stabbing death of an 18-year old High School student, Samuel Valdivia caught in bed with his 48-year old female teacher, Tamara Hofmann by a 20-year old former student-lover, Sixto Balbuena who flew into a jealous rage, beating and stabbing the teen to death.

The details of this lurid love triangle has shocked the residents of Chandler, Az today, with many asking how a school teacher’s sexual involvement with her students could have gone unnoticed, resulting in such a tragedy.

The death of the high school student occurred after Sixto Balbuena, home on leave from the Navy, let himself into the home of his former Math teacher-lover and found her in bed naked with Valdivia. Balbuena became enraged and beat both of them; the altercation ending in the fatal stabbing of Valdivia.

Balbuena called 911 and waited for the police to arrive at the tragic bedroom scene, too late to save the life of Valdivia. Balbuena, sick with remorse told police the knife “went in like going into butter.”

The Arizona school officials will soon have some explaining to do. Two years ago, Tamara Hofmann was caught by police in a car with Balbuena, when he was still a high school student. Her bra was found in the boy’s pocket. Hofmann was suspended for 10 days without pay and reassigned to an administration position.

Hofmann was not disciplined further by school officials and was allowed to continue to teach, placing her in direct contact with students, after school officials knew she had a history of sexual involvement with a student, abusing her position of trust as a teacher. School officials contend they were unable to suspend Hofmann’s teaching certificate, because Balbuena refused to testify against her.

Hofmann is now suspended from Chandler Charter High School and is under invstigation. She is not expected to be charged with a crime and is free to do as she pleases.

Meanwhile, Balbuena sits in jail on $100,000 bond, after killing another human being, wondering how it all went so terribly wrong.



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