For several months I have been following a story on Randy Cassingham's Blog about a 16 year old who was raped at school and went to the school office to report it. School administrators refused to call the police, even the assigned campus officer, and held her for 2 1/2 hours while letting the boy go home and shower. This happened last November and, in an update yesterday finally, finally, the District Attorney is going to charge the principal with the crime of failing to report abuse. A misdemeanor for which the strongest sentence is 180 days in jail. I fail to see how that can possibly be the only crime with which they can charge him as his delay caused several problems with their investigation. I think this principal is very fortunate that this is not my child.
The entire story along with updates is available at the link. For anyone it is utterly sickening, for those with a child in public school it will be even more frightening. This is not the only school, or school district, run in this manner. And yet several of the commenters think the solution is better teachers unions and throwing more money at the problem.
Do you visit your child's classroom occasionally while school is in progress? Perhaps it should be a habit to just drop in an check things out every once in a while.