Teacher loses her license for failing to report abuse, SNAP responds
We applaud the Kansas Board of Education for revoking the teaching license of woman who delayed in reporting suspected child sex crimes to law enforcement.
Their action is a powerful statement that protecting children is not something to be taken lightly. Every employer and teacher must immediately report any suspicion of abuse, no matter how seemingly small or insignificant. There must be no doubt about this. And there must be clear consequences for those who endanger kids by breaking this simple law.
Someone no doubt believes this punishment is too severe. We argue that anytime there is a remote suspicion that a child might be abused, it is critical to act on that suspicion. If there was no abuse, then they’ve caused some trouble and some paperwork. But if there is abuse and it goes unreported, then that official is complicit in causing lifelong trauma and the pain that comes from childhood abuse.
Was this decision severe? No. It was reasonable and prudent. And hopefully this punishment will show other school officials in Kansas and across the country that the abuse of a child is an extremely serious matter, and it must always be treated as such.
Read the story here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/04/19/3564919/kansas-revokes-license-of-teacher.html
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.