Most parents are no longer under the misconception that their children are entirely safe in schools, these days. And, they would be right to feel this way … but, perhaps … there are even more reasons for concerns over your child’s safety, than one may know. And, this problem may come as a huge surprise to you.
I am not talking about the bullying, or the gun-shooting incidences that are plaguing our schools. I am talking about the teachers with whom you place your child’s safety. Some of whom, sexually abuse your children, are caught, and, are allowed to “quietly” move on to other schools, sometimes, with a financial settlement. It’s called … “Passing The Trash.”
According to a recent story in USA Today, written by Steve Reilly, state education agencies across the country have ignored a federal ban on signing secrecy deals with teachers suspected of abusing minors, a practice informally known as “passing the trash.” These contracts hide details of sexual behavior and sometimes pay teachers to quit their jobs quietly. The secrecy makes it easier for troubled teachers to find new jobs working with children.
In the most comprehensive national review of teacher discipline to date, USA TODAY examined educator misconduct and licensure databases from every state, reviewed thousands of pages of court filings and employment records and surveyed state education officials to determine how teachers who engage in misconduct remain in the education system.
The findings include a New Jersey teacher who molested five elementary school students, an Oregon substitute teacher who reached under a table to touch a student’s genitals and an Illinois teacher who forced elementary students to eat food off his crotch. In each instance, the teacher had been disciplined for sexual misbehavior in a prior school district.
I will be posting more of their findings during the week. Below, however, is the entire story, from which I will be posting my information.
Have you had the “real” … first talk … with your young children, yet? The talk where you let them know that no one has a right to touch them in their private areas? The talk where you let them know that they can come to you at any time and you will listen to them … and stand by them?
If not, I urge you to do so. It’s not going to get better for your child, once they are out of your sight. Indeed, it is my belief; it will only get worse … IF … we don’t stop the child predators. Together we can do this. Together … we can start pulling out the weeds!
Contributors at USA Today: Paul Berger, Jessica Campisi, Jacob Carpenter, Mark Nichols, Nick Penzenstadler, Christopher Schnaars, Laura Ungar and Alison Young.
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Debbie Barth: 01/03/2017 at 3:1:03 pm EDT
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