Reporting Possible Child Abuse--What would YOU do?

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  1. SamanthaJ

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    Hypothetical scenario:

    You learn from a parent of one of your students that her son witnessed another one of your students simulating a sexual act during lunch time. When the witness saw this happen, he asked what the other child was doing. The child, who was simulating the sexual act, explained that he was doing it because he watches porn on his computer at home.

    Child A, the witness, is a very immature, sheltered child. Child B, who is only 10 years old, is 1. constantly battling me in class and 2. his dad made local news for alcoholic behavior and beating/strangling his wife (the kid's mom).

    Do you ONLY report this to the principal (who you do not trust) and let this be an "inside investigation" or do you also report it to the state?

    I'd like to hear your thoughts.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. teacherintexas

    teacherintexas Maven

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    Call CPS.
     
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    I don't know how it is in private schools, but public school teachers are mandated reporters, meaning that it is their responsibility to report it to CPS. Failure to do so (even if you told your principal) can be grounds for termination.

    All you have to do is report it. Any investigation is to be done by CPS.
     
  5. ChildWhisperer

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    In my state, anyone & everyone who works with children are mandated reporters, so this includes ALL teachers no matter the setting (daycare, private school, public school, etc.) as well as doctors, nurses, therapists, etc.

    Just report it. Better safe than sorry. No one will know it was you because it's anonymous (although your state might be different? I don't know).
     
  6. SamanthaJ

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    Thank you, all, so far! This is what I needed to hear (although I know I am right, from researching the government site). Hey, sometimes you end up unintentionally taking a nightmare job and all you can do is stay strong and job hunt! :unsure::D
     
  7. mrachelle87

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    School being private does not excuse you from reporting. Teachers are required by law to report issues of concern. So call the 1-800 hotline.
     
  8. showmelady

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    What is the LAW in your state? Check it out. Some states (I think) make it MANDATORY for TEACHERS to report suspected child abuse.

    And of course, in some places you can make the report without giving your name. Or they hold your name confidential.
     
  9. GemStone

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    Schools don't investigate, period. They only report suspected child abuse. CPS investigates.
     
  10. readingrules12

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    In our state, it is mandated to report this to CPS/DCS for public and private schools. Failure to do so or only reporting it to the principal can end up with termination. What to do here is really easy--report it to CPS (called DCS in our state).
     
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    In PA, any person who has contact with a child is a mandated reporter. I would be calling CPS. No 10 year old should be watching porn.
     
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    You report to CPS. It's not your job to figure out if in fact something really wrong is going on at home, it's your job to report if there is ANY suspicion. They will figure out if it was valid or not
     

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