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Schools are embracing sexual predators as teachers and employees


 in class


 by Joseph Ernest  December 16, 2010


Newscast Media --We've all heard the cliche, "Nice guys finish last," at least in the education sector, that seems to be very true.  Schools are now hiring sexual offenders as school teachers and employees, and when these predators abuse little children as young as kindergartners, they simply get a slap on their wrist. All this information has been published in a new government report.


Even in an environment that attracts sexual predators, one would think that schools would take background checks and police reports seriously, but that isn't necessarily true. In 15 cases where schools hired people with a history of sexual misconduct, 11 abused children and in six instances, the sex offenders used their new jobs to abuse more children, the Government Accountability Office report stated.


The report shows that 232 child molesters claimed they abused 17,000 victims, sometimes never being caught.  There are law abiding teachers with high standards and values who cannot get jobs because they have squeaky clean backgrounds, yet these schools won't hesitate to hire people with questionable and tainted backgrounds.  


The psychological explanation is that those who tend to uphold certain standards and pursue excellence in their endeavors, whether it is in the business sector, education or even law enforcement, create an atmosphere where the mediocre by-standers feel pressured to step up their game.  This happens through impartation. When those in positions of authority are comfortable with the status quo, they don't want to be challenged to evolve, so they tend to frown upon those who pursue excellence.  However, when an individual has blemishes and questionable character, for some strange reason such individuals tend to be favored over those who play by the rules.  This is because it empowers those in authority to know that these individuals have known weaknesses, which makes them feel better about themselves, knowing that they are in the company of others who have much greater weaknesses than themselves, and are prone to being manipulated or exploited by those very same people in authority.


Two people can commit the same crime.  One could be a career criminal, while the other has committed the crime for the first time, yet the habitual criminal gets winked at, and the first-timer is severely punished.  All you have to do is take a look at Wesley Snipes and Charlie Rangel.  Both didn't pay taxes, yet one went to jail, and the other who committed a more serious crime got to keep his job in Washington and no jail time.  


With examples like the ones below, one has to question the judgment and state of mind of those in authority who oversee the employees involved in the incidents that were uncovered and published in the report.  The study found:

A Connecticut public school district compelled a teacher to resign after he accessed pornography on a school computer. Although the school district reported the abuse to child protective services, a district administrator told another Connecticut school seeking a reference that they would rehire the teacher "without reservation." A second Connecticut school district also compelled him to resign, but his separation specifically directed all inquiries from future employers to the superintendent and agreed that he would provide a letter of recommendation. This school district also provided him with positive references. He was eventually hired by a third Connecticut school district, where he was convicted of sexually assaulting two students.

An Ohio teacher forced to resign a previous job for "inappropriate" conduct with female students was called an "outstanding teacher" by the school superintendent and was later hired in a nearby district where he was convicted of sexual battery of a sixth-grade girl.

A registered sex offender in Texas was hired by several schools in Louisiana. He is currently wanted by police for having "sexual conversations with a student."

An Arizona school's rush to fill an opening resulted in skipping a criminal check of a teacher convicted of sexually abusing a child. The teacher was later convicted for having sexual contact with a student and had videos of nude, underage girls in his possession.

A Florida public school allowed an individual who was convicted of having sex with an underage male to work as a volunteer coach without a criminal history check, even though school policy provided that volunteers would be subject to such checks. He was eventually arrested for having sexual contact with a student on one of the school’s sports teams. The list goes on in this 44 page government report (pop-up).  

The study found no federal laws regulating the employment of sex offenders in public or private schools and widely divergent laws at the state level, especially with regard to requirements and methods for conducting criminal history checks on employees.  Add Comments>> 






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