If you are a parent, you are concerned with your child’s educational success. All you want is for your kid to get a good education from a knowledgeable, trustworthy teacher. However, do you really know your child’s teacher? Does the school conduct a background check and criminal history search on all their teachers? This is an important question to ask when it concerns your child.
Recently, many teachers have been accused of having sexual relationships with their students. How would you feel if your child was one of those victims? Below are a few of those news stories.
On September 20th, 2017, Jessie Goline, an Arkansas art teacher, was charged with one count of first-degree assault. She had sexual relations with four of her students. Goline is only being charged with one count because only one of the victims was under the age of 18 at the time. Her relations with that student started with a text and escalated from there.
Heather Lee Robertson
Heather Lee Robertson, a mother of two and former kindergarten teacher, accepted a plea deal of 10 years in prison on September 28th, 2017. She was charged with seven charges of improper relationship with a student, and seven charges of sexual assault of a child. With some of her victims, she had been chatting and sexting them through Snapchat before meeting alone in person. Who would think a kindergarten teacher could be harmful towards students?
In London on October 6th, 2017, teacher Alice McBrearty plead to seven counts of sexual activity with a child. She had a relationship with her 15-year-old student for 16 months until the child’s father reported it to police. The relationship between them began through Facebook and grew to multiple hotel room rendezvous.
What Can You Do To Prevent This
Clearly, with all of the recent sexual assaults by teachers, you need to do your own research about your child’s teacher. There are a few things you can do to see who your kid’s teacher really is and keep an eye on your child.
Conduct A Background Check
Schools are usually required to run a background check on all teachers. However, can you rely on your school to hire reputable teachers? Based on the three stories above, you should question your local school’s vetting system. Instead of relying on the school, do your own background check. There are many services such as Kiwi Searches that will search a person’s background and criminal records.
Use Cell Phone Spy Software
To keep an eye on your child, use an iPhone or Android spy app. You can see your child’s texts, calls, social media activity, and GPS location. The most common way criminal teachers contacted their victims was through social media and text messages. So if your child’s teacher or someone suspicious is in contact with them, you will know.
The GPS feature comes in handy if you have a hard time keeping track of your teen. You would be able to see where they have been. By monitoring your child, you can keep them safe online and prevent them from becoming the victim of a criminal.
So, next time your child gets a new teacher, conduct your own research on them. You don’t want your child to become a victim and ruin their chance for success in life.
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