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  •  I am sure there are schools (7+ / 0-)

    that protect their reputations over their students, but not the majority in my opinion.  I have worked in several, both elementary and secondary, and the universal response to this situation by administrators in those buildings would have been to first call the parents of the girl, and then encourage calling the police.  If it happened on school property they would call the police themselves.  Bear in mind that administrators are in education because they care about kids (with some exceptions, notably jocks) and that they all know how easy it is to get a lawsuit started.  

    Having said that, I would bet that the boy is a star athlete of some sort.  And that the administrators were male.

    Not all those who wander are lost.

    by Leftleaner on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 03:51:08 PM PDT

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    •  Not necessarily; the girl was in special ed (8+ / 0-)


      That's all it takes for plenty of people to consider someone sub-human, a liar, a confabulator, call it what you will.

      And while there may be help to be had in some counselors and teachers, I stand by my statement about schools protecting themselves.  

      Police departments are hit or miss too.  And of course the chances run against you if you press charges.  But schools cannot run rape kits; they cannot arrest someone; they cannot make medical or legal decisions for a minor.  If the rape happened on their premises, their first call is to the parent, period.

      The sad part is, this child may not have known she could go elsewhere for help.  (Indeed, children of all abilities might not.)  But if I were a parent, I'd tell my kid, if you're hurt in that way, your first call is to me, and I will rain fire down on anybody that tries to "discuss the situation" with you first.

      •  This is why I want radKIDS to be taught in (1+ / 0-)
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        every public school in this country. And it especially needs to be taught to special ed kids because they are so often targeted by bullies. If kids don't know how to physically defend themselves then they won't be protected. over 80% of the time a school official never even knows what is happening.

        "My plan reduces the national debt, and fast. So fast, in fact, that economists worry that we're going to run out of debt to retire." - President George W. Bush, February 24, 2001

        by Renee on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 06:18:08 PM PDT

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