That’s an abhorrent rate and a trend that deserves far more attention from school leaders and policy makers.In Texas, home to the largest number of teacher sexual misconduct cases in the country, investigations into alleged inappropriate teacher-student relationships has grown 27 percent over the past three years, to 179.When my team speaks to educators around the country, they generally are stunned by the size and scope of this problem, and rightfully so.
If a teacher or coach wants to send an electronic communication to a student, it should be copied to a parent.
Private messages with children should never be allowed.
Unfortunately, these kinds of stories are becoming more common across the country.
In 2014 alone, there were 781 reported cases of teachers and other school employees accused or convicted of sexual relationships with students.
School districts should review existing employee guidelines and make sure they tightly control social media interaction between school employees and students.
America is blessed with many great educators who work hard to teach children every day. The New Jersey School Boards Association’s model policy bans teachers from friending students on social media without written approval of their principal.It also says electronic contact with students should be done only through district computers and telephones.Within days, police said, the two were involved in a sexual relationship.In Pennsylvania, a 33-year-old teacher approached a 17-year-old student at a school dance and began flirting with him, police said.My firm, Drive West Communications, has been tracking news reports of sexual misconduct by educators for more than a year.