by WorldTribune Staff / 247 Real News May 20, 2022
At least 135 U.S. teachers, teachers’ aides, and other school employees have been arrested and charged with various child sex crimes this year, a report said.
The arrests have taken place across 41 states between Jan. 1 and May 13, according to a Fox News report. Most of the suspects are men. At least 102 of the charges involved crimes against students. Of the 135 suspects, 117 were teachers, 11 were aides, and 7 were substitute teachers.
The number of arrests may be even higher, Fox News noted, as the total of 135 does not account for arrests that haven’t been publicized.
Christopher Rufo, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and an expert on far-left indoctrination in education such as Critical Race Theory, said that “the public school system has a serious child sex abuse problem.”
Rufo pointed out that there has not been a major federal investigation or study on child sex abuse by educators since 2004.
“This is a travesty,” Rufo added. “Parents deserve to know exactly what’s happening in the public school system and deserve to have tools for protecting their children from abuse. Congress should immediately fund a $25 million research program into child sexual abuse in public schools and provide complete transparency for parents. The first duty of public schools is to keep kids safe — and, tragically, that’s not happening in far too many cases.”
Erika Sanzi, Director of Outreach for the education watchdog group Parents Defending Education, said that “educator sexual abuse is a major problem that largely gets ignored because it’s so uncomfortable to talk about. While a very small fraction of educators and school employees prey on the children in their care, one bad actor can do damage to many students.”
“We need to get much more honest about the problem, study it again and ensure that we have policies and laws in place that protect children,” Sanzi continued. “It is currently legal in Massachusetts and Rhode Island for teachers and other adults in positions of authority to have sexual relationships with students once they turn 14.”