QUESTION: What To Do When Public School Does Not Take Report of Indecency Seriously
A (non-jw) woman that I work with has a daughter in Public High School. Last week, the daughter walked in on a male teacher watching what seems to be a soft-porn scene on YouTube. She witnessed him unbuckle his belt and then appeared to be masterbating.
This occurred on school property while students were still onsite. (I do not know if it was during school hours or not.)
The daughter reported the incident to the principal and another administrative person was present.
After the weekend, the mother (my co-worker) called the school to see what was being done about this incident. The school said there is nothing for her or them to do as the matter has been referred to the police.
So the mother called the police and the police say that no report has been filed with them. She filed a report and now feels that she may want to get an attorney for her daughter. The daughter says she was called back to the principal again and interrogated. The daughter feels like she is being harassed and considered a liar. She is now afraid of retaliation from the (offending) teacher.
I don't know the daughter. And not sure what the mother's next step should be. The mother is asking me what I think she can/should do to support her daughter and to ensure that the (offending) teacher is appropriately dealt with.
The daughter was not touched or physically harmed. She thinks the teacher may not have even seen her or known that she was in the room as his back was towards her at the time of the incident.
Any ideas and/or suggestions that I can share with the mother??
Contact the district attorney. Explain the case. Tell her/him a victim advocate needs to be assigned for the student.
Do it now.
Exactly what girl next door said.
I agree with the Girl Next Door's advice. I would also go to the Superintendent of the school district as the Principal of this particular school may continue to try to deal with it " in-house " so as not to lose either his Principal job or he may be trying to protect the teacher from losing his job. Tough titty said the kitty. It needs to be exposed to higher authorities as you said the police and the Superintendent of schools. And if the Superintendent of schools tries to bury it - hell, then go to the media with it. Then maybe Mr. Pervy teacher will cooperate with being inspected. Peace out, Mr. Flipper
This shouldn't be too difficult. If he was using a school computer the should be able to find a record of what he was looking at. This will give them the information they need to proceed, it make take a call from the DA's office to get that ball rolling.
Thanks, every one for the advice. I will share with her this morning.