October 21, 2007


AP: Sexual Misconduct Plagues US Schools (MARTHA IRVINE and ROBERT TANNER, October 21, 2007, AP)

Lindsey's case is just a small example of a widespread problem in American schools: sexual misconduct by the very teachers who are supposed to be nurturing the nation's children.

Students in America's schools are groped. They're raped. They're pursued, seduced and think they're in love.

An Associated Press investigation found more than 2,500 cases over five years in which educators were punished for actions from bizarre to sadistic.

Its enemies have been eager to portray the recent Church sex abuse scandals as revealing something about the priesthood or celibacy or whatever, when the simple fact is that deviants seek jobs that give them access to children. Where the Church was blameworthy was in turning a blind eye to deviance or even embracing it.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 21, 2007 8:49 AM

You're right, but in turning a blind eye, and particularly accepting the advice of the therapy profession that such deviants criminals could be "reformed," the Church was acting no differently from the schools, and (likely) other churches.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at October 21, 2007 10:24 AM

I always thought the element of seminaries where this subculture was practically cultivated got short shrift. It's sort of how acedemia cultivates leftism but with more disturbing qualities.

Posted by: RC at October 21, 2007 11:01 AM

People will do bad things and criminal things, and (A) they will use the organizations/institutions they belong to to do these things; and (B) you have to police your own organizations/institutions to root them out when they do.

The cover up only makes matters worse.

Posted by: Mikey at October 21, 2007 1:23 PM

You can't "police" public schools, as the article points out. They are protected by the same mania that allows seemingly intelligent suburbanites to believe their schools are good when they really suck.

Given that our public schools are "churches" promoting secular humanism (a religion), these incidents of "abuse" are probably viewed by the perpetrators as priests engaging in 'fertility rites'.

When you drop your kids off at school, you are dropping them off in a foreign country. Please don't engage in the pretense that you ANY power over the schools - other than to remove your children from the horrific threat that they represent.

Posted by: Bruno at October 22, 2007 8:45 AM