AP Investigation: Teacher Misconduct Widespread

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - In elementary and secondary classrooms across Kentucky, teachers have harassed, molested -- and in the worst cases -- sexually assaulted students they were supposed to nurture and protect.

State officials handled nearly 100 instances of teacher sexual misconduct over a recent five-year period. The cases ranged from minor violations like using sexual language to more serious, criminal acts like inappropriate touching and even sodomy and rape. That's about two violations for each month on the school calendar.

Kentucky's figures were gathered as part of a seven-month investigation in which Associated Press reporters sought records on teacher discipline in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

In a sample of teacher disciplinary actions from 2001 to 2005 by the Kentucky agency that tracks violations, 95 teachers had their license suspended or revoked, or they surrendered it for wrongdoing related to sexual misconduct. That's 42 percent of the 227 teachers who faced punishment during that time for all misconduct.

Some crimes were so egregious, the teachers ended up in prison or on the state registry of sex offenders. Others committed minor violations and were given a short suspension and allowed to continue their careers.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-10-20-07 1248EDT

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  • by Sam Location: Mount Sterling on Oct 22, 2007 at 09:26 AM
    I know stories like this attract veiwers, but as a teacher I would ask that you would also point out some of the great things happening in our schools like the "revitalization" of our school under our new administration or the teachers who ahve really amde a difference in the lives of Kentucky's children.
  • by j Location: wolfe county ky on Oct 21, 2007 at 11:56 AM
    i beleave befor they hire teacher drug testing an a very throle mental exam or what ever can help an randon drug testing should be done or even put camers in class to stop all of this abuse an the law should be hard on teachers
  • by catqueen Location: arkansas on Oct 20, 2007 at 06:59 PM
    Unfortunately, as the investigation confirms, it happens EVERY DAY in schools across our country. I would not have believed it either had I not gained personal knowledge of it in our local school system. My child was not the one abused, but she reported it and was basically run out of school. We, along with the family of one of the victim's, (female teacher, male students in this case) brought all details of this behavior to the High School Administration, the Superintendent's office and the School Board. Nothing was done. Unbelievably, this "teacher" is still in place. And apparently, she is not alone in her extracurricular activities with students. Read the comments under an Arkansas teacher "Knutson" at www.Badbadteacher.com. This is a prevelant issue that needs to be brought out into the open and teacher's who are sexual predator's need to be prosecuted and jailed.


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