Ever heard of "teacher jail"? We had never heard of it, either, until Barbara Jones at the Los Angeles Daily News reported that the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has removed nearly 300 teachers from its classrooms at a cost of over $2.2 million per month because they have been accused of abuse or "misconduct." The district has assigned these teachers to an administrative facility referred to as "teacher jail" to just sit around all day until the allegations have been resolved.
The Daily News' disclosures about Los Angeles public schools underscore a real, current-day problem of child sex abuse that the mainstream media has chosen to ignore since it does fit its accepted narrative.
Public schools: Behind the curve on sex abuseIf the revelation of "teacher jails" with some 300 teachers in it were not enough, Jones quotes the general counsel of LAUSD, David Holmquist, who admits that LAUSD was late to the scene in protecting children from abuse.
"We have zero tolerance for inappropriate touching," Jones quotes Holmquist, "and that probably hasn't always been the case, to this degree."
In other words, despite all of the media attention and obsession about abuse in the Catholic Church over the past decades, LAUSD is just now getting around to adopting a real "zero tolerance" policy that all bishops implemented a long time ago.
It also turns out that LAUSD is now finally getting around to having professional investigators and a "sex-abuse team" scrutinize teacher sex abuse allegations. By contrast, for more than a decade now, Catholic dioceses have had panels of experts evaluate and review claims of abuse.
Unbelievably, untrained school principals have handled most of the complaints against teachers up until now, reports Jones.
The mainstream media's blind eye
While the media still has an insatiable appetite for bludgeoning the Catholic Church for abuse episodes committed many decades ago, it remains remarkably quiet about school districts still scrambling to establish protocols and procedures to protect children from abuse. (Imagine if it were revealed that a large archdiocese was housing 300 priests accused of abuse or misconduct in "priest jail." Is there any doubt that such a story would be a humongous national news event?)
Meanwhile, the Catholic Church has implemented measures and practices that have made it the safest environment for children today, yet you would never know this from the media coverage.
Again, kudos to Barbara Jones at the L.A. Daily News for challenging the mainstream media's cramped narrative.