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Teacher Has Duty To Supervise Physical Contact Between Children In Classroom

Teacher Has Duty To Supervise Physical Contact Between Children In Classroom

Posted by on Mar 8, 2013 in Child Sexual Abuse

Teacher Has Duty To Supervise Physical Contact Between Children In Classroom

WFTV.com revealed more information about what was happening in the Mims Elementary School classroom in the Florida child sexual abuse blog entry I posted yesterday.

First, it appears that the Brevard County Schools investigators are ready to admit that inappropriate touching did take place in the classroom. However, it appears that the touching did not involve an adult – the touching was going on between the children. The first year teacher who was supposed to be in charge of this kindergarten classroom has apparently resigned.

As a child sex abuse attorney, I have to wonder what the teacher was doing to control her classroom, and what kind of support this first year teacher was receiving from the Administration at Mims. Even a first year teacher should know that school-age children should not be touching each other in class, or playing show-and-tell with body parts.

When a teacher does not know what is going on in her classroom, or fails to do take measures stop inappropriate touching, the teacher may be exposing her employer to liability for negligent supervision.

This story seems to be getting more interesting by the day. I am curious to learn what Brevard County Schools is doing to help these kids.

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