Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Shawnee's response to abuse is troubling

After all these years, one would think that Shawnee school officials would go to great lengths to demonstrate they take student safety seriously. Instead, the district is seeking to unmask whistleblowers.

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Oklahoma teacher charged for alleged rape of minor student

"A teacher at Duke Public Schools has been charged for two alleged incidents involving a minor student," KSWO reports.

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Former Anadarko school staff members facing sexual battery charges

Two former Anadarko Public Schools staff members of are facing a series of sexual battery charges, KSWO reports.

The dark side of Friday-night lights in Kingfisher

"The Kingfisher High School football team was brutalizing children in ways that had nothing to do with football," according to a new website. "The coaches knew. The administrators knew. The school knew. Why didn't anyone stop it?"

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

'He's a woman': Lawton Ike tranny arrested for sexually abusing student

More great reporting from the journalist at V1SUT, who "reached out to Lawton Schools Superintendent Kevin Hime to ask who at the district knew Miranda was a female, why parents were allowed to believe Miranda was a man, and whether the OSDE was notified Miranda would be teaching and coaching as a male."

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Columnist describes chaos in OKCPS classrooms

Interesting column by Annette Gorny this week in The Oklahoman. "So many OKCPS students are coming to school desperate to learn, truly wanting to be engaged with the material," she writes.

However, in my experience, the few who are swearing at their teachers with no consequences given by the school have poisoned the system. Will this be dealt with by our new superintendent? Will students who climb up on their desks and scream at substitutes until a substitute teacher walks out of that classroom and out of the school building finally face any consequence? What about the multiple other students in that classroom who will record the incident on their phones and put it on social media―will there finally be consequences for them, too?

Teachers are told they shouldn’t even dismiss these students from a classroom in the OKCPS schools. Some of their students draw truly graphic images in permanent ink on their desks, with just a little talk to them afterward by an administrator; no serious consequence. It requires high-tech scanners to even hope to keep out weapons and drugs in the OKC public schools. But those scanners don’t stop fists. And violent and emotionally compromised students still roam the halls and disrupt every class they are in, even after multiple incidents of disruption. ...

It has been truly alarming to see students back in classrooms who have committed assaults against their fellow students, and even teachers, in the public school system. If any student puts their hands on another student or teacher, you’d think they should be immediately dismissed from that public school for a certain period of time. These incidents are often visible on school cameras or testified to by multiple other students, but still a student who shoved a fellow student into a wall or down a stairwell will return to class the same day.

Child pummelled on Jenks school bus

FOX 23 has the story.

Perkins teacher arrested for sexting 15-year-old student

FOX 25 has the story.

Monday, May 13, 2024

Grooming, abuse in Oklahoma education

"Some of the men accused are still working within public education," V1SUT reports. "Some still coach girls. With alarming consistency, laws and policies were subverted as the accused were allowed to quietly step down and move on to other school districts."

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Public school system covering up a massive sex-abuse scandal

"What we haven’t received, for two decades, is a comprehensive update from the government on the number of children who are sexually abused in public schools," Matt Walsh writes.

It was all the way back in 2004 that the Department of Education released a report finding that, between kindergarten and 12th grade, 9.6% of students nationwide were subjected to sexual misconduct by a school employee. That’s one in ten students, totaling more than 5 million child victims in the system at any given time. Teachers, coaches, and bus drivers were the most common offenders.

A finding like that should have led to a national outcry and immediate changes. And indeed, the Department of Education’s report recommended several new policies for screening employees and standardizing policies to make these kinds of incidents easier to report and keep track of. But that never happened. And the federal government has barely shown any interest in the topic in the 20 years since.