This article appeared in today's Times about what the district has to pay to victims who were molested by a teacher. You'd have to believe that if this guy was in the district for 30 years, he didn't just suddenly take this up as a hobby. Meaning, there were probably many more victims. That is painful and sad to think about as a parent.
I have no idea what the procedure is when a principal or administrator suspects something of this sort - do they report this kind of activity further up the line? But 3 administrators warned him about his activity; was there no other action they or the district could take?
Very, very sad.
Update: the PI had an editorial about this issue on Wednesday. They had one suggestion:
"With the case over, we'd also like to hear the School Board and the superintendent personally express regrets to the more than a half-dozen victims for something that happened under others' watch. That would send a real message about the resolve of today's leaders to ensure lasting improvements. As a parent suggested two years ago, an apology also should go to all the students, including the boys, who had to experience such poor role modeling."
Maybe the Super and the Board will say something at tonight's Board meeting. Do you think that is what should happen? Maybe a public acknowledgment, from the top leadership, is important for everyone to hear, out loud and in public. Maybe it will just sound pro forma and insincere. (Although, I know what the people on the Board sound like when they talk; there's not an insincere one in the bunch.) I'm not sure what "personally express regrets" means - go directly to those students and their families?