We are stunned by the apparent callousness of these school staffers, and we are grateful to law enforcement officials for pursuing these charges. We hope prosecutors push hard for the maximum penalties for each of the defendants. If this teacher and these administrators are found guilty, we hope that education authorities consider penalizing the school itself for this egregious wrongdoing.
There is no excuse for keeping silent about child sex abuse reports. There is never any good reason for not calling police promptly.
Texas prosecutors should make use of the state’s mandatory reporting laws. Too rarely are those who ignore or conceal child sex crimes prosecuted.
And Texas lawmakers should toughen the mandatory reporting laws. A $2,000 fine for refusing to tell police about suspected child sex crimes is woefully inadequate.