Third Department Applies Most Stringent Standards to Protect Students From Teachers’ Harm

Courts continue to find it important that schools fulfill their non-delegable duty of protecting their students. Recently, the Appellate Division, Third Department, in Matter of Binghamton City School District v. Peacock, Docket No. 502329, held that public policy supports a no-leniency standard for teachers that instill harm on their students. The court clearly delivered this message when it held that a two-year suspension for a teacher who engaged in a grossly inappropriate relationship with a sixteen year old student was too lenient.

The case centers on a teacher where there is evidence that he helped the student purchase … Read the rest

How to Recognize a Sex Offender in School

The New York State School Boards Association New York State School Boards Association has issued tips to recognize signs of possible educator sexual misconduct. State reports say many of the sex offender teachers and administrators maintained sexual relationships with students for months or years, with subtle signs of the abuse discounted or missed by colleagues and students.

Some tips to recognize signs of possible educator sexual misconduct include:

– Student has difficulty walking or sitting, torn clothing, stained or bloodied underwear, pain or itching in the genital area, venereal disease, pregnancy, and changes in weight.

– Sexual behavior inappropriate … Read the rest