One would think that the school summer vacation season would not see many stories of stomach-turning child sex abuse by public school teachers, but this summer has seen an avalanche of shocking cases of teacher sex abuse.
Here is a sampling of stories just from the past week:
- A former middle school teacher in Tennessee pleaded guilty to performing sex acts on 10 students, some of which occurred in the classroom (link);
- Police arrested an Oklahoma band and choir teacher and charged him with "18 counts of rape, sodomy and lewd molestation" of a 14-year-old student (link);
- A court sentenced a New York gym teacher to prison after a jury found him guilty of molesting a girl from kindergarten through fifth grade (link);
- A Los Angeles Unified School District middle school teacher accused of repeatedly molesting a 14-year-old girl led police on a high-speed chase that ended with him crashing into a tree (link, with crash video);
- A grand jury indicted a Kentucky high school teacher for engaging with sex acts with students (link);
- A grand jury indicted a Virginia teacher for sex offenses with a minor (link);
- A retired teacher in Alaska was sentened for having sex with an underage girl (link);
- An Illinois teacher was sentenced for having sex with a student (link);
- Police arrested a Texas teacher on suspicion of having sex several times with a student at various hotels (link);
- Police arrested a California high school choir teacher for sexual misconduct with a student (link);
- A jury is hearing the case of a Pennsylvania teacher accused of having sex with two students (link);
- After a court sentenced a Dallas-area teacher to 62 years in prison for acting out a sickening diaper fetish, three parents sued the school for failing to prevent the abuse (link);
- In what even the media dubbed "an extraordinary move," prosecutors actually charged a California elementary school principal for failing to report alleged abuse by a teacher who was arrested and charged with sexually abusing five students (link); and
- Fourteen mothers of former students of a Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) elementary school sued the district and two principals on the claim that LAUSD and officials "ignored sexual abuse of minor students" by a former teacher (link).
So … How many stories like this do there need to be before Maureen Dowd and the editors at the New York Times finally take notice of this epidemic happening today in our public schools?
We are still waiting for the Times to follow up on its shocking blog item in April that there were "248 complaints of sexual misconduct involving school employees" just in the first three months of 2012 in New York City public schools.
While the Times and other major media still harp over decades-old allegations of abuse by Catholic priests that happened before many of their readers were even alive, they continue to ignore the abuse in government schools going on today.
Will major media outlets ever change their ways and take a deeper look into these sickening scandals – like they did with the Catholic Church?
Stay tuned – but don't hold your breath, because, as we have said previously, the media's obsession with sex abuse in the Catholic Church has little to do with sex abuse and more to do with advancing a political bias.