Thursday, December 3, 2009

That's Touching: Sexual Misconduct in Schools

On a scale of One to Gay Marriage, how bad is allowing sex offenders back into the school system? I'd wager it's up there with allowing sex offenders back into the school system. When Americans send their children off to learn, we operate under the belief that students will be kept safe and treated fairly. Well, not the gay kids, they're still going to feel isolated because of state laws that make them second-class citizens, but all the other kids. So why do some states allow convicted sex offenders back into their public schools?

In California, land of Propositions 6 (1978) and 8(2008), over 300 teachers were suspended for sexual misconduct from 2001 to 2005. However, in California, Washington, Iowa, Illinois, et al, when teachers are accused of a sexual indiscretion -- even if they are subsequently found guilty and sent to prison -- they benefit from a law that protects them and punishes children. In these states there is a confidentiality clause that keeps the reasons behind suspensions hush-hush. Limited information about the suspension is available for only a year, then they are free to creep back into the system. Which means that predators can return to the classroom as easily as they can wait 365 days . . . or cross state lines.

Looks like state governments care more about protecting the rights of sex offenders than they do about the protecting the rights of committed gay couples. Or more than they care about children, for that matter.

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