As accusations that public schools have become facilities to “groom” children for sexual abuse have reached fever pitch in 2022, data shows that at least 181 staffers at K-12 facilities have been charged with sex crimes related to children in the first half of 2022.
Fox News Digital had the stunning report this week, which reveals that at least four principals of K-12 facilities number in the scores of other educators currently facing charges for child sex crimes.
The platform looked at public arrests only, meaning that the real figure, already stunning as is, could be much higher.
The 181, in addition to the four principals, included 153 teachers, 12 teachers’ aides, and 12 substitute teachers.
At least 77% of the arrests, or 140, involved sex crimes against students, and the overwhelming majority, that is 78% involved men.
Fox News noted:
The analysis comes after the U.S. Department of Education released a report last month, titled, “Study of State Policies to Prohibit Aiding and Abetting Sexual Misconduct in Schools,” which analyzed state policies prohibiting “passing the trash,” or allowing suspected sexual abusers to quietly leave their jobs to possibly offend again in a different school district.
A bipartisan provision of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which was originally proposed by Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, requires all states receiving federal education funding to enact law prohibiting the practice of “passing the trash.”
The Education Department’s report, however, found that laws against the practice are varied across the states, and that while all states require prospective employers to conduct criminal background checks on educators, and most states – 46 – require fingerprinting, only 19 states require employers to request information from an applicants’ current and former employers.
Moreover, only 14 states require employers to check an applicant’s eligibility for employment or certification, and 11 require applicants to disclose information regarding investigations or disciplinary actions related to sexual abuse or misconduct.
We have covered a number of highly disturbing incidents of sex crimes against children committed by teachers just this year alone.
Particularly worthy of note was the teacher in Hawaii who was arrested for filming himself having sex with a child and sending the video to another teacher.
In another incident, a teacher who organized LGBT events for her school engaged in a sexual relationship with a teenage girl who was living with her and her partner.
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