Friday, May 23, 2008

Educator-misconduct watch

"A former high school principal and football coach at Midway High School in Council Hill is being ordered to stand trial on felony charges of having sex with two female students," The Oklahoman reports today. "Curtis Thomas Been faces 10 counts of lewd molestation, sodomy, second-degree rape and making indecent proposals to a child younger than 16. Two girls say they were 14 and 15 when they had sex with Been in his office and in the school's gym, weight room and cafeteria. Been denies the allegations and is suspended with pay from the school in Muskogee County."

A recent analysis by the Associated Press found that "sexual conduct plagues U.S. schools" and suggests that sexual misconduct among male schoolteachers is at least as common as among male priests. A 2004 U.S. Department of Education study found that one in 10 public school students is sexually harassed or abused by a teacher or other school employee at some point between kindergarten and 12th grade.

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