Public school teacher unions are "being weak on sexual predators," and the effect of this policy is having a monstrous impact on victims, their families, and the well-being of the teaching profession.
So says Campbell Brown in an eye-opening opinion piece in this week's Wall Street Journal.
Campbell reports, "In the last five years in New York City, 97 tenured teachers or school employees have been charged by the Department of Education with sexual misconduct."
Indeed, that facts is very disturbing. However, as we have relayed before, it has been reported that "248 complaints of sexual misconduct involving school employees" just in the first three months of 2012 in New York City public schools. So it appears that only a small fraction of teachers are actually ever charged for their sexual misconduct.
The time has come for the media to step up
The problem of sex abuse by teachers in public schools is epidemic, yet you would hardly know it from the media coverage.
Brown acknowledges in her article, "Local media have begun to get the word out, yet the stories come and go with trifling consequences or accountability."
This is absolutely the case. While innocent students are raped, sodomized, and molested on a regular basis in public schools, the media seems more interested in rehashing decades-old allegations against Catholic priests, even those that involve double hearsay.
Brown concludes, "If this kind of behavior were happening in any adult workplace in America, there would be zero tolerance. Yet our public school children are defenseless."