Predators in the Classroom
“Teacher charged with molesting student.” The headline appalls us, yet it somehow fails to shock. We seem to be seeing this sort of story a lot lately.
In May, the Los Angeles Unified School District agreed to pay $88 million to settle sexual misconduct claims filed on behalf of 30 students, involving two elementary-school teachers. According to the Los Angeles Times, court documents filed by the plaintiffs’ lawyers allege that the district didn’t follow up on warnings from school staff that one teacher was placing children in his lap and later allowed him to continue teaching for six weeks after parents complained that he was kissing students in class. Both teachers pleaded no contest to charges of molestation and are currently serving prison sentences. Speaking about the settlement to The Wall Street Journal, LAUSD acknowledged “some failures” but noted that the district did not accept legal responsibility.
Private schools have been implicated, too. In May, the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team reported on educator sexual misconduct claims affecting more than 200 students in 67 private New England schools over the past 25 years. The Globe found 11 employees who went on to other schools after being accused of sexual misconduct; at least three were accused again.
1 in 5 New York Kids Are Sexually Abused. Help Prevent That
The CDC reports that 1 in 5 children are sexually abused.
9 out of 10 of the perpetrators are never brought to justice and never appear on sex offender registries.
They are protected by New York State laws.
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