Law is Clear That Abuse Must be Reported ASAP
How many times do we have to go through this before teachers, school administrators, counselors, teachers’ aides and janitors get it?
Any suspicion of child abuse must be immediately reported to police or county welfare. This is not optional. Failure to notify is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in county jail and a $1,000 fine.
Telling a boss or school officials does not relieve school workers of the responsibility to immediately alert authorities. Delaying to internally investigate is not permissible. State law is clear.
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