Friday, December 15, 2006

Teachers molesting kids

Back in June Recliner Commentaries summarized a report on female teachers having sex with boys--its a bigger problem than most people realize. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune is now reporting another case in Chaska High School and WorldNetDaily is reporting a case of a husband and wife molesting children in a Houston grade school.

My question is this: Why are we not hearing the kind of outrage over public school molestations that we heard over the molestations by Catholic priests?

5 comments:

Kevin said...

I understand what you're saying, it does seem that it is ok to make fun of all priests or supsect all priests in respect to the incidents that occured, and the same treatment isn't given for all teachers. That said... if the school boards had known about this issue and covered them up or tried to deal with them internally for years while the behavior continued or others were at risk we might look at things differently.

Dennis said...

Good point but I'm not sure we know whether public schools cover these things up or not. We know about the molesters who get reported to the police but how many of them get quietly "let go" only to get hired somewhere else?

I suspect that the only way we know about the Catholic Church coverups is because the media did some investigating. Are they investigating the possiblity of public school cover-ups too?

Nevertheless, you raise a good point.

professor ed said...

To me the explanation is quite simple. In our society we are (were?)supposed to look up to "men of the cloth". A church member expects to be able to place a certain level of trust and respect in his/her pastor/pirest/rabi. I strongly believe without this high level of trust and respect, houses of worship would be unable to function. Teachers, on the other hand, at least in this country, have never enjoyed the same level of trust and respect. Thus their transgressions, sexual and otherwise, are considered less newsworthy than the aforementioned clergy.

Robert said...

To expand on what Professor Ed said...

We never particularly looked to teachers as a moral authority either. That's why it's all the more shocking to see a moral authority not only being involved in something like that (and abusing your trust), but also others in the organization trying to cover it up.

Dennis said...

Robert, Ed, and Kevin: I think you all have very valid points. I know that when I was in public school I never assumed that my teachers were necessarily moral or ethical.

But on the other hand, I think most of us have assumed and take for granted that our kids are going to be safe with teachers, so when so many teachers are found to be doing something as heinous as molesting the children with whom they've been entrusted--they have also violated a public trust and I am still astonished that the media has not paid more attention.