I avoid posting a lot of initial reports about educators gone bad — including the recent spate of local stories about educators “assaulting” kids — because the charges are often not substantiated. But I have to offer up this story out of California for discussion for one reason — no student ever reported the alleged abuse, which is shocking once you read the sorts of things this teacher is accused of doing to his students. And photographing the abuse.
I wrote my master’s thesis on child abuse and understand why kids protect their parents but am baffled why no students told their parents about being bound and gagged by their teacher and having cockroaches placed on their faces. When I drive carpool, I hear a litany of so-called teacher transgressions from the kids, along the lines of, “Mrs. X was mean because she wouldn’t give me enough time to finish my paper” or “Mr. Y made us run extra laps in PE because some kids were talking.”
I can’t imagine not a single child