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.

Friday, April 26, 2024

Lawton substitute teacher admits to giving vape to 7th-grader

KSWO has the story.

Ardmore teacher arrested, charged with abuse of disabled 7-year-old student

"An Ardmore elementary school teacher was arrested and charged with child abuse. According to court records," KXII reports, the teacher "allegedly grabbed a developmentally disabled seven-year-old boy by the arm, slung him around and dragged him, while yelling in his face. The abuse reportedly went on continuously over a span of 30 minutes."

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Lexington coach faces five felony counts

Five felony counts have been filed against Vernon “Tyler” Thetford, a teacher and coach in Lexington, V1SUT reports. "The charges include two counts of lewd acts, two counts of lewd or indecent proposals to a child under 16, and one count of soliciting sexual conduct or communication with a minor by use of technology."

'He was rubbing her back'

"A substitute teacher was removed from Jenks West Intermediate on April 25 after sixth graders complained of inappropriate behavior," KJRH reports.

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Former Boone-Apache School teacher accused of relationship with underage student

"A former teacher with the Boone-Apache School District faces two felony counts, following an alleged inappropriate relationship between him and an underage student," KSWO reports. The accused is the secretary for the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes.

Friday, April 12, 2024

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Muskogee teacher charged with showing obscene material to student

"A Muskogee High School teacher and head coach for the boys tennis club is charged with showing obscene material to a 16-year-old," FOX 23 reports.

Oklahoma State Board of Education tackles teacher misconduct

Catherine Smith has the story.

Former Oklahoma middle school teacher sentenced to 15 years for child sex abuse

"A former South Coffeyville, Okla. middle school teacher was sentenced for two counts of sexual abuse of a minor and coercion and enticement of a minor in Indian Country," KTUL reports.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Ada, Byng teacher sentenced for sexual abuse

"A Pontotoc County teacher was sentenced to more than five years in prison for sex abuse crimes," KXII reports. "Erin Fixico-Mitchell, 33, of Ada pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual abuse of a minor in Indian Country. According to attorneys, Mitchell sexually abused a student between September and November of 2015 while she was a teacher and coach at Ada High School, and after leaving Ada to teach and coach at Byng High School, she sexually abused another student between June and September of 2021."

Monday, March 11, 2024

Former Norman finalist for Teacher of the Year found guilty of sexual assault

"A former Norman High assistant principal and 2018 finalist for Teacher of the Year is convicted of sex crimes," News 9 reports.

'Bullying has reached epic levels in Oklahoma schools'

This according to a trial attorney who handles several such cases.

Saturday, March 9, 2024

Tulsa student 'went to the hospital 3 different times, while the adults did nothing to protect him'

"A woman said her 6-year-old nephew, who she’s raising, has been left with multiple injuries over the last 6 months after being beaten and bullied at kindergarten at Hoover Elementary School in the Tulsa Public School District," FOX 23 reports. "She said since November 2023, he’s had two trips to the emergency room and has come home with cuts, scrapes, and bruises."

According to the family's attorney, the boy "was bullied and beaten by the same kids for the past year and a half. He went to the hospital 3 different times, while the adults did nothing to protect him."

Friday, March 8, 2024

Walters launches investigation into high school toe-sucking events

Debra Heine has the story.

A true lesson in accountability

"When the school proved unable to provide satisfactory services to students and families, parents took action—and held The Hive accountable more efficiently and effectively than any government accountability office could," Matt Frendewey writes.

Deer Creek students pressured to participate in disgusting dares

"Students in Oklahoma schools have come forward and describe a culture of bullying, hazing, manipulation, and pressure to participate in disgusting dares like licking toes and armpits, spitting in people’s mouths, and having garbage thrown on you," the indispensable Libs of Tik Tok reports, posting a video from FOX 25 Capitol reporter Payton May.

'We’re never going to get rid of predators'

Oklahoma Watch has new details about the sexting case of Oklahoma's education-walkout leader.

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Former Bixby first-grade teacher convicted on child exploitation charges

FOX 23 has the story.

Mannford school resource officer facing charges of first-degree rape

"A Mannford Police Officer was arrested and is facing charges of first-degree rape," the News on 6 reports. Mannford's police chief confirmed the suspect "was arrested in connection to an incident involving a student at Mannford schools," where he also worked as a school resource officer.

Sunday, March 3, 2024

Attention, Deer Creek: 'Humiliation of students is not entertainment!'

Even this lefty lawyer is calling out Deer Creek: "Defending this as it’s been going on for years, doesn’t make it right. Kingfisher hazed its football players for decades. Ninnekah allowed a girls basketball coach to prey on players for a decade. Humiliation of students is not entertainment! Something is wrong in Deer Creek!"

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Accusations against former Bristow schools employee stack up following his arrest

"Attorneys say more people are coming forward with accusations involving a longtime Bristow Public Schools employee who was arrested after accusations of videotaping boys undressing in a locker room," the News on 6 reports.

Friday, February 23, 2024

Salina teacher's sexual misconduct results in $2.6M settlement

The Oklahoman has the story.

Lawsuit filed against Tulsa Public Schools after student assaulted on campus

"A parent of an East Central Middle School student has filed a negligence lawsuit against the school district after her child was beaten up after allegedly being asked to rat out a classmate," the Tulsa World reports.

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Oklahoma public school library books

With Oklahoma public school library books making headlines again, here are a few other books parents might want to know about:
Search your school district libraries here.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

It’s OK not to want a drag queen principal

"An elementary school principal in Oklahoma stepped down because of community backlash after news broke that he had been prosecuted for child pornography," Max Eden writes in the Washington Examiner.

Public education's predatory coaches

V1SUT reports on the "hidden crimes, quiet exits, and harmful hires" in Oklahoma's public education system.

Monday, February 19, 2024

Lawsuit claims Pawhuska did too little to protect pre-K student from sexual assault

"Pawhuska Public Schools and a substitute teacher have been named as defendants in a recently filed federal court lawsuit," the Pawhuska Journal-Capital reports. "The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, accuses the school district of doing too little to protect one Pre-K pupil from a sexual assault by another Pre-K pupil."

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Kiefer parent claims bullying is a recurring issue in the district

"The mom said she wants to see the school have some accountability," FOX 23 reports. Not likely in one of Oklahoma's unaccountable public schools.

Monday, February 12, 2024

Krebs teacher charged with child abuse

Witnesses say a Krebs Public School special education teacher "would continuously verbally and physically attack students several times." FOX 23 has the story.

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Oklahoma teacher says fellow teachers have racial biases, bigoted ideas

"The truth is there are good teachers in Oklahoma on all points of the political spectrum, and all of them are interested in teaching the 'basics,' Aaron Baker writes.

Unfortunately, however, teachers step into the classroom with “baggage” that easily complicates authentic learning in any subject. Teachers enter education with racial biases, microaggressive habits, inequitable practices, and bigoted ideas about student identity and expression. This “baggage” has also been described as an “invisible knapsack” that needs to be “unpacked.” Unpacking the invisible knapsack involves training. Getting “back to basics” requires training.

Saturday, January 13, 2024

Putnam City student who fired gun entered school through metal detector

"The student walked through a metal detector while armed with a handgun, according to administrators," KOCO reports.

Friday, January 5, 2024

Woodward teacher charged with lewd acts to a child

"A teacher from Woodward Middle School was arrested Thursday and charged with seven counts of lewd acts to a child," News 9 reports. "Police say they found multiple victims throughout the investigation. According to police, the victims were Woodward students from 2012 to 2017."

Braggs teacher arrested on suspicion of sexual misconduct with a student

"A Braggs middle-school teacher is in jail for accusations of sexual misconduct with a student," the News on 6 reports.