Teacher Fired For Reporting Sexual Allegations At Hilltop Baptist
Sexual abuse of children in churches and by church staff is old news. Lately, only a prominent name (Joe Paterno, Penn State, Jerry Sandusky) connected to child sex abuse puts an incident on the front page but I would ask folks to read this case above which is about a teacher in a church school in Colorado.
Actually, the story is about two teachers – one who was having sex with her 15-year old student and another who reported the crime. The first teacher was indicted for sexual assault on a child, while the latter was fired a month after she reported the matter.
No one has said it but is the thinking, “If she (the fired teacher) had just kept her mouth shut we could have handled this in house and not had to go through all this turmoil”?
The fired teacher did the right thing and did what was required by law (teachers are mandatory reporters in Colorado). God bless her. She is suing the independent fundamental Baptist church. The school closed down.
So, what about nepotism, church, church schools, and sex abuse. My views here are anecdotal and involve some degree of conjecture, but I think these things are worth some reflection.
A good many church sponsored schools I have been around are heavily nepotistic. The uncle of the teacher indicted for sexual assault was, and still is, the pastor of the church that ran the school. You can do your own analysis here by looking at a church school near you. I'd bet you will get some hits.
Nothing wrong with that in a sense. It’s their church and school. If staff is loaded up with family and the congregation and/or school trustees approve, so be it. But this makes it more likely in my view, that sex abuse will be covered up. In the case above not only was the teacher arrested and charged but her father, her uncle the pastor, and the school principal were as well.
Pick up the phone. Call the cops, even if the offender is related to the big boss.