Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Yet another problem with public schools

There was a huge out cry when the public learned of Catholic priests who had molested children.

But there doesn't seem to be the same concern when teachers at government schools do the same thing.

Sexual Misconduct Plaguing U.S. Schools starts:

The young teacher hung his head, avoiding eye contact. Yes, he had touched a fifth-grader's breast during recess. "I guess it was just lust of the flesh," he told his boss.

That got Gary C. Lindsey fired from his first teaching job in Oelwein, Iowa. But it didn't end his career. He taught for decades in Illinois and Iowa, fending off at least a half-dozen more abuse accusations.

When he finally surrendered his teaching license in 2004 — 40 years after that first little girl came forward — it wasn't a principal or a state agency that ended his career. It was one persistent victim and her parents.

Lindsey's case is just a small example of a widespread problem in American schools: sexual misconduct by the very teachers who are supposed to be nurturing the nation's children.

The article mentioned a study which estimated that only 10% of the 50 million children in public schools suffer some form of sexual abuse by the employees at these government schools.

Hat tip: Miazagora via Facebook.


Happy Elf Mom said...

I could easily see how a nutball here or there could infiltrate ANY institution, school or otherwise. BUT if 10% of kids are experiencing assault by teachers there is something seriously, seriously wrong with the system itself.

Henry Cate said...

You make a good point. Yes there is something serious wrong with the system. One of the things that really bothers me is that so many of the teachers are not fired.

I am so glad we can homeschool.