Sexual Misconduct

The latest news about sexual misconduct in schools, including articles, Commentaries, and special features.

Chaz walks down Maine Street in Brunswick, Maine, on Feb. 24. Chaz has testified that he was raped by other kids three times in his first year in junior high, even after repeatedly complaining of harassment to teachers and administrators. Chaz’s saga is more than a tale of escalating bullying. Across the U.S., thousands of students have been sexually assaulted, by other students, in high schools, junior highs, and even elementary schools—a hidden horror educators have long been warned not to ignore.
—Robert F. Bukaty/AP

AP Investigation Reveals Hidden Horror of Sex Assaults by K-12 Students

Across the U.S., thousands of students have been sexually assaulted by other students in high schools, junior highs, and even elementary schools—a hidden horror educators have long been warned not to ignore. (May 1, 2017)

Special Collections

A Lingering Shame
This special collection includes Education Week and Associated Press reporting on a problem that is only sporadically recognized as a national issue: sexual misconduct by teachers.

A Trust Betrayed: Sexual Misconduct in Schools
Education Week's groundbreaking three-part 1998 series looks at educators' sexual misconduct with students, and state efforts to address the subject.

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From shooting threats to Nazi chat groups, students have been punished by school officials for their posts on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and YouTube.
June 29, 2017 – Education Week
The barriers are formidable, and can lead to long, grueling fights: Public schools in many states enjoy powerful shields, including caps on damages if they lose a lawsuit and high legal hurdles to prove misconduct.
May 22, 2017 – AP
A pair of Oregon school districts were intent on identifying warning signs that students might be contemplating a campus shooting when they stumbled on a threat far more pervasive yet much less discussed—sexual aggression among classmates.
May 22, 2017 – AP
The Associated Press reviewed verdicts and settlements across the country in lawsuits brought against schools over student-on-student sexual abuse.
May 22, 2017 – AP
Schools facing reports of student-on-student sexual assault long have been warned by the courts about potential monetary liabilities. The U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights has offered schools guidance on how to prevent and respond to such attacks.
May 22, 2017 – AP
The same technology that keeps kids glued to their smart phones is being used by some schools as protection against sexual assaults.
May 22, 2017 – AP
Thousands of school-age offenders are treated annually for sexual aggression in the United States, yet experts see no standard profile of personality, background, or motivation.
May 15, 2017 – AP
Sexual assault on college campuses has made headlines for years, but The Associated Press sought to determine whether it also is a problem among younger students and, if so, to what extent.
May 2, 2017 – AP
What can parents do if they believe their child has been the victim of sexual abuse at school?
May 2, 2017 – AP
Most states track student sexual assaults, though methods are inconsistent and reporting sometimes incomplete, the Associated Press found in a year-long investigation.
May 1, 2017 – AP

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