Sunday, November 18, 2007

Abuse at schools

Oprah's school abuse claims got me googling for the latest news on the topic: these are from the last 2 weeks or so.

Oprah Winfrey School
Matron faces charges of physical and sexual abuse of students. The school's strict rules were comparable to a prison regime. One girl was grabbed by the throat and thrown against a wall, while others were beaten and hit on numerous occasions. Ms Mokgobo is accused of soliciting under age girls to perform indecent acts. Pupils were ordered to “put on happy faces”.

Welsh school staff convicted of abuse
92 cases of abuse by school staff in Wales referred to independent investigators have led to criminal convictions. These include allegations of emotional, physical and sexual abuse.

School Bus Driver Drugged And Abused Kids
A SCHOOL bus driver forced children to swallow tranquillisers and down Buckfast during six years of sexual abuse.

Inquiry into school abuse planned

The school was closed; around 40 care workers abused youngsters in their care, and could still be working with children. Staff knew about the treatment but did not intervene. Maltreatment by workers at the school included physical assault, the excessive use of restraint, and sex abuse.

Decade of abuse at special school
More than a decade of systematic and brutal abuse of vulnerable children can today be revealed after a 3 year media blackout was lifted. Three members of staff at the Norfolk special school at the centre of the biggest child cruelty investigation in the county's history have been convicted of a string of offences of ill-treating and assaulting young boys.

Our children are raping each other
Twelve-year-old was sodomised over and over and over in a series of brutal sex attacks. The sadistic assaults he was forced to endure were perpetrated by pupils — at his very own primary school.

$1.1 million settlement in sexual abuse case

Abused by a former principal in Seattle Catholic Archdiocese school.

Clergyman path to abuse
Rising star within the Diocese of Scranton charged with numerous sexual assault offences. The accused pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years probation.

Abuse allegations lead to suspension

The choral director at St. Louis Community College has been suspended as administrators look into claims he had sex with one of his high school students.

Teacher Sexual Abuse Case Now Spans Three Counties

The teenager says the teacher sexually abused her during the bus ride home.

Diocese Issues Statement In Sexual Abuse Case
The Catholic Diocese of Covington is responding to a lawsuit filed by the family of a sexual abuse victim. Jeni Dinkel is serving a 60 day sentence for her sexual contact with a 15-year-old boy.

A teen, a tutor, a tale of child sexual abuse

Former teacher's aide had an illicit 7 month sexual relationship with a high school student she tutored.

Few fired for physical abuse
Teachers reprimanded for slapping, kicking or choking students are more likely to return to the classroom than those who kiss, caress or talk dirty to them.

Officials investigate report of sex abuse
Authorities are investigating allegations that a boy sexually abused a 5-year-old girl on a school bus and that another boy held the little girl down.

School bus driver indicted in sexual abuse of girl

The bus driver has been indicted on three charges in connection with his arrest last month for the sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl.

Teacher charged with sexual abuse of students
A school teacher facing 75 counts of sexual abuse.

Nun Pleads No Contest in Sex Abuse
The nun faces up to 20 years in prison. Although dozens of nuns have been accused of sexual abuse, Sister Giannini is one of the first to face criminal charges.

Teen accuses teacher of assault
The latest allegations of sexual abuse have been made by a 16-year-old girl against a male teacher. The previous week, a school teacher was charged with molesting a 12-year-old girl.

Judge Finds Tampering in Verdict on Teacher
The teacher was initially charged with 35 counts of sexual abuse and endangerment.

And some links:

Educator Sexual Misconduct

Sexual Abuse in Schools
Many of our schools like schools in other countries experience, to varying degrees, violent and criminal behaviour that includes bullying, substance abuse, sexual abuse, verbal abuse, racism, gangsterism, guns and weapons, vandalism and a host of other antisocial behaviour. All of these make these schools an unsafe place to be for some of our children, suffocating many of their dreams and reducing the school experience for these children to a battle for survival rather than academic achievement.

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