Child Abuse and Constitutional Rights

by JWC
(Canada)

A Santa Monica English-as-a-second-language-middle-school teacher has been charged with 14 felony counts of sexual molestation. The allegations indicate the abuse to students started in late 2004, with the latest having occurred in April 2008.


This has prompted school officials to consider changes to their policies. However, while expressing concern for the safety of the children, the teachers union stated that the teachers also have constitutional rights and expressed a desire that any changes in policy do not violate these rights.

In my view, when it comes to the sexual molestation of children, the perpetrators have no constitutional rights. I know lawyers will strongly oppose my thoughts on this matter, but these children are in a defenseless position and are taken advantage of by their molesters which should negate their (the molesters) rights. Do not mistake my position with the rights of an accused to have a legal defense; but that defense should not include a method for a perpetrator to actually get away with sex offenses against children. We must protect our children, at all costs. Child abuse of any kind is not acceptable.

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May 10, 2008
Some further clarification on this case...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

This particular case of alleged child abuse involves a 60-year-old male teacher who has now been charged with molesting 5 students. According to police, videotape was found that showed at least one of the incidents was recorded. All incidents are reported to have occurred in the teacher's classroom.

The school board is now looking at changing their policies, changes such as requiring:
  • that the Board be notified of all investigations being conducted

  • that teachers leave classroom doors open when alone with a student
ALL school boards should have Risk Management Policies in place that are geared toward protecting children, as well as teachers, or any other person that is on the school premises who has contact with the students. When policies are not in place, children, teachers, and others who are in contact with students are placed at risk for abuse, for bullying and harassment, any misuse-of-power situations.

Darlene Barriere
Violence & Abuse Prevention Educator
Author: On My Own Terms, A Memoir

Dec 02, 2008
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by: Raini

I HAT IT IT'S SO STUPID AND IT FORCES THE CHILED TO EXPEIRENC THINGS THAT NO PERSON EVER SOULD.NOBODY SHOULD HAVE TO GO THROUGH THAT ITS WRONG JUST WRONG

Mar 22, 2011
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by: Anonymous

I do agree this is wrong... no one should experience this.

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