Child abuse allegations go unreported

by Darlene Barriere - Webmaster
(Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada)


In the State of California, allegations of child abuse must be reported by district employees. State law and district policy mandate the reporting of any reasonable suspicion of child abuse to a child protective services agency.


On May 1, 2008, Principal Jesus Angulo and Assistant Principal Maria Sotomayor of South East High School in South Gate were charged with failing to report a case of suspected child abuse when a girl accused a substitute teacher of sexually abusing her.

Except for the outcome of the prosecution, this should be the end of the story, but it is only the beginning.

School district Superintendant David L. Brewer sent the two high school administrators back to work on campus. The reports vary as to why these two were reinstated. One was that they would be able to share their experience with others, and thus, possibly avoid a recurrence. Another report cited they were needed back on campus for State academic testing and graduation.

My Comments: Did the school district not learn from the case of former Foshay Learning Center Assistant Principal Steve Rooney? He was transferred to Markham Middle School in Watts, where he allegedly molested two students. The reason for the transfer? Rooney was suspected of having sexual contact with a student.

Usually public employees are placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of their trial. They are not transferred or reinstated before the completion of the prosecution. Why then was the usual practice not followed? The reasons given cannot possibly justify the violation of a child by an adult, especially an adult who held a position of authority over the child. What are we not being told?

These cases should highlight to all school administrators the importance of reporting suspected child abuse. The law is there for a reason: to protect our children.

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Jul 23, 2008
Sigh
by: Anonymous

Yet another case of turning a blind eye. Kids spend a good deal of their time in school. If teachers and school officials don't report child abuse, even when they are legally supposed to, then what hope to children have? What a sorry sorry state we are in.

Jul 18, 2009
Deadly Threats
by: Anonymous

Some who are abused have no way of going to authorites and are threatened of worse abuse if they tell. The authorities will never hear of these cases.
Other cases sadly are biased (or accused of being biased) accusing the reporter of abuse, that they have a self interest such as a divorce and fighting for custody. If an abused wife fails to enter abuse in her divorce agreement, she has no leg to stand on in thes 'allegations' against her ex-husband and is powerless to protect her children from abuse, whether the father or his associations.
Authority intervention is only effective when it places no further emotional abuse and/or neglect. Sadly this is not always the case.

Dec 07, 2009
Teachers who abuse
by: Anonymous

What do you do if your child is being physically intimidated and emotionally abused by the very people who are supposed to be looking after her qwelfare. What do you do when you make a complaint and then get stonewalled by every government department in your state, especially those who are supposed to protect your child. What do you do when your child is too frightened to go back to school and what do you do when these teachers encourage others to abuse your child?

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