Witness: Just a few months ago, Boston Public Schools leveled a two-week suspension on a school principal after she admitted that she did not report a case of suspected child sex abuse by a special education aide. After the principal's failure to alert the police or district officials, the aide transferred to another school, where he reportedly was busted in the act of abusing a special needs student.
So, where is that school principal today? She is comfortably back at work supervising teachers and children.
Two more cases of cover-up in public schools
In 2008, two high school administrators for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) pleaded guilty and no contest in a court of law for failing to report the rape of an innocent 13-year-old girl by a school employee.
Where are they now? Both are back at LAUSD – with – nice promotions. (And one of the individuals has since been personally sued for another shocking case alleging "wrongful death, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress.")
The examples are endless.
Do any of these cases upset the Washington Post? Apparently not, according to an editorial on Sunday.
What does agitate the paper, however, is the fact that a Jesuit Catholic official apparently failed to take aggressive action back in the 1990s against an abusive priest. (The official sent the priest away to treatment, which – while not nearly enough – was much more than what those school officials ever did.)
Because this official later held leadership positions on the boards of his order and of universities, this is enough evidence for the Post to forcefully declare that the Catholic Church "protects abusers" and "remains focused more on safeguarding its image."
The Post completely ignores the numerous unprecedented measures that the Catholic Church has taken in the past several years in its efforts to protect children. The result is that contemporaneous accusations against Catholic priests are extremely rare. In 2011, accusations that were deemed "credible" totaled only seven in all of the United States.
Back to school
Meanwhile, if the Post wants to cite an institution that "protects abusers" and "remains focused more on safeguarding its image," it should look again to the public school system.
A 2004 U.S. Department of Education report reported that "the most accurate data available" reveals that "nearly 9.6 percent of [public school] students are targets of educator sexual misconduct sometime during their school career."
The report cited an important study from the mid-1990s:
"In an early  study of 225 cases of educator sexual abuse in New York, all of the accused had admitted to sexual abuse of a student but none of the abusers was reported to authorities."
That is an important and alarming fact:
Number of abusive educators: 225
Number reported to police: 0
So, in other words, as recently as 1994, it was the universal practice in New York among school administrators not to call police to report abusers.
The 1994 study also reported that only 1 percent of those abusive educators lost their license. In addition, most alarmingly, "25 percent received no consequence or were reprimanded informally and off-the-record. Nearly 39 percent chose to leave the district, most with positive recommendations or even retirement packages intact."
So here we have yet another case of the media simply using the decades-old clergy scandals as a tool to bludgeon the Catholic Church while ignoring massive abuse and cover-ups in our nation's public schools which are happening in our public schools today.