When will we learn our lesson?

Saturday, September 8, 2012

In a quick Twitter glimpse, I came across a "Time" article talking about an investigation into an Omaha school over the sexual abuse of a wrestler at summer training camp.

I won't go into the details, but in a nutshell, this boy was repeatedly hazed and molested, and the school allegedly did nothing about it.

Now, the superintendent, principal, and wrestling coach are facing charges because they didn't report the incident to the authorities. It's not that they didn't know about it: A woman called the school to say that she wouldn't be enrolling her children because of a video that was taken of the incident. Investigators haven't seen the video, and wouldn't comment on whether it even exists, but other witnesses came forth and spoke about the abuse.

"The woman said she asked the boy if he had told his coach about the assault, and that the boy said he was told, 'what happens in wrestling, stays in wrestling.'"

The principal called the victim a "liar" and a "rumor-spreader."

Haven't we learned our lesson? Was every administrator from this school hiding under a rock during the entire Penn State/Sandusky situation? Or were those boys "rumor-spreaders" as well?

We encourage kids to speak up when it comes to bullying and abuse, and then we read stories like this. It's hard to make the two match up.

When asked, the superintendent and principal said that they did investigate, but that they concluded the allegations were unfounded. Despite the potential video. And the eyewitnesses.

I'm completely aware that this kind of thing doesn't happen every day at every school. But it happens often enough to be an issue, and other, smaller situations do happen more frequently.

Let's just hope in this next school year situations are dealt with properly, and those who are victimized are not humiliated more because someone in a position of trust refuses to believe their story.

On that soap-box note: Have a great weekend!

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  • It is unfortunate that situations like that do occur. My child went through verbal and sexual abuse all of last year here and no actions were taken, nothing was documented by the school, to our knowledge, and its has continued on this year but not as bad. That prompted us to contact the state of Iowa and bring it to the attention to multiple departments there. We have also become involved with the group "Stand for the Silent" and have been teaching our kids mixed martial arts and self defense techniques to protect them selves. Not all schools act in the manner as stated in your post, but it is unfortunate that a large group of them do. If our schools cannot protect our kids than we as parents need to stand up for them and force our schools to make changes and to enforce the laws and rules established by the state of Iowa. We need to be open with our kids and listen for signs of them being harassed or bullied.

    -- Posted by spicypepper1 on Tue, Sep 11, 2012, at 9:48 AM
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