Two School Administrators Charged with Failing to Report Abuse, SNAP Applauds
Two Virginia school administrators are facing charges after choosing not to report to police allegations of sexual abuse that had been levied against their school's volleyball coach. We applaud the filing of these charges and are grateful that police and prosecutors are sending a message to others who might ignore or conceal allegations of child sex crimes.
To us, it is simple: if someone learns about children that are at risk, they should report it to authorities. This should happen in every instance, regardless of mandated reporter status, because in our view it is better to err on the side of caution and ensure children are safe than let a potentially abusive situation continue. Unfortunately, Dr. Cliff Williams and Derek Zbyszinski chose not to look out for the children under their care and now face criminal consequences.
The fact that multiple staffers at Richmond Christian School have been arrested on cases of abuse is indicative that there is something wrong with the school's culture, training, and hiring practices. Hopefully this story is the wake up call that school administrators need to do better for their students.
We hope that others who in charge of children, regardless of whether that is through a school, a volunteer position, or otherwise, will pay attention to this case and choose to act immediately on allegations of abuse in the future.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)