Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Accused of sexual abuse, but back in the classroom
Los Angeles Times ^ | May 8, 2009 | Jason Song

Posted on 05/09/2009 4:38:56 PM PDT by reaganaut1

Repeatedly, the [Los Angeles Unified School] district failed to follow up on sexual misconduct complaints against employees once police or prosecutors dropped criminal actions.

...

Prosecutors say molestation cases are extremely difficult to try because they often depend heavily on the accounts of young, frightened and shame-filled victims. But nothing prevents L.A. Unified from looking further into cases that police or prosecutors decline to pursue. Indeed, district policy has long required school officials to perform an independent inquiry.

Under state law, the district can fire teachers for conduct it deems immoral or unprofessional, even if the acts fall short of criminality. Rooney, for instance, allegedly showed up at the house of the first student at night and waved a gun at her stepfather. Had the district substantiated this account, it might have been grounds for dismissal.

Teachers point out that students at times fabricate sexual abuse allegations. But instructors are entitled to due process, including administrative and court hearings if necessary.

Teachers point out that students at times fabricate sexual abuse allegations. But instructors are entitled to due process, including administrative and court hearings if necessary.

In the meantime, "if there's some smoke there, then we should err on the side of the security and safety of students," said district Supt. Ramon C. Cortines.

That's the policy. The reality, The Times found, is that the district has erred on the side of protecting its staff.

To protect employees' privacy, files containing past misconduct allegations generally do not follow them to a new campus, according to the district.

Until a year or so ago there was no centralized system for tracking employees accused of child molestation or other serious crimes from school to school.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: California
KEYWORDS: childmolesters; lausd; losangeles; publicschools; publikskoolz; sexualabuse
In a government monopoly school system where teachers are protected by a strong union, abuse is more likely to occur.
1 posted on 05/09/2009 4:38:56 PM PDT by reaganaut1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: reaganaut1
Didn't the American Psychological Association claim that alittle sexual abuse with minors is actually good for them and no big deal?

In any event, teacher unions have always been more important than what is good for the kids. That's why the public schools are a mess.

2 posted on 05/09/2009 4:42:40 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: reaganaut1

It is a haven for abuse because you can’t get rid of them.

Look at it this way. If you were a predator, where would you like to be? Near you prey - kids - in a job where you cannot be fired and are protected to the extreme.


3 posted on 05/09/2009 4:43:45 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: reaganaut1
Until a year or so ago there was no centralized system for tracking employees accused of child molestation or other serious crimes from school to school.

Don't tell me, this is a government operation.

4 posted on 05/09/2009 4:48:28 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: reaganaut1

So they are accused (perhaps falsely), no charges filed, and they go back to work. Failing to see the problem here. Was this article written by Charles Nifong?


5 posted on 05/09/2009 4:51:43 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Larry Lucido

Sorry, Mike Nifong.


6 posted on 05/09/2009 4:53:58 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: reaganaut1

For some reason, we never discuss the lousy track record of public school teachers. Aside from the female teachers who seem to spend their time assaulting 13 yr old boys, the public school system is stuffed with men who prey on young boys and teenage girls. And uniformly, the union contracts forbid the school districts to fire them. When they get removed from the classroom - if this ever happens - they are then sent to sit at a desk in the administrative offices or even at home and collect their full salaries.

But that’s okay, because they rarely even get to that point and are usually doing just fine molesting kids in the classroom. Since a lot of these kids are black or Hispanic, they don’t realize this isn’t part of the program and they don’t dare to complain.


7 posted on 05/09/2009 5:18:00 PM PDT by livius
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: reaganaut1

This happened when we were stationed in Georgia. 3 girls accused a math teacher of grabbing their butts and chest. He was placed on admin leave with pay for a few weeks and then transferred to another Jr High in the area.

This particular town was really the good-ol-boy network. This teacher’s mother was the county clerk and she was on the school board. The parents of 2 girls tired to press charges but the sheriff claimed no proof and took the word of the teacher.

I don’t doubt that kids can make these things up to get revenge on a teacher, but these incidents happened several times, some were witnessed and the girls didn’t hang out together. There is more to the story but my point is the teacher got away with it because of connections in this town.


8 posted on 05/09/2009 5:50:59 PM PDT by submarinerswife ("If I win I can't 't be stopped! If I lose I shall be dead." - George S. Patton)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson