Do you agree with the way the school district is handling this?
I don't claim to know the workings of the US school system nearly as well as those of you who live in the US, but ...
that the school district is responsible (has the ultimate authority) over schools in its area, then it seems to me that it's the school district
which has a lot of answer for.
Why the delay (from December 2010) in taking action?
It was totally irresponsible for the school district to wait so long before informing parents about what had occurred ....
I would also assume that the school district would have advised the school principal of how s/he should respond to what had occurred? Which might well account for the principal's "silence"?
In December 2010, investigators from the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department came into possession of Berndt's "bondage" photos. The pictures showed children gagged and bound, sometimes with live cockroaches on their faces or about to eat a cookie covered in a clear white liquid. ....
..... the District kept silent for thirteen months as investigators built a criminal case. The prolonged criminal investigation yielded a discarded spoon in Berndt's classroom, which tested positive for his semen. Without this physical evidence, investigators claim, they would have only been able to charge the teacher with a misdemeanor.....
This was a criminal offence
, not just a breach of school procedures. If the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department had possession of these photographs, then why was immediate action not taken?
It sounds like a cover-up to me.
I think the parents of students in that school have every right to be furious about being left in the dark for so long. Their local authorities let them down, and badly. Those local authorities should be made accountable for their lack of action for so long.
But it seems like the school is overreacting a bit. Reassigning ALL the teachers at the school? Placing psychiatric social workers in ALL the classrooms? Investigators interviewing all current and past students of the school?
I'd suspect that the local school is acting on the advice of the school district. (At least that his how these matter are dealt with in Australia. Schools have very little autonomy in such matters. Correct me if things are different in the US.)
And I also suspect that reassigning all the school's teachers is a (much
too late & thoroughly misguided) attempt on the part of the school district to create the appearance of having taken strong action. I sounds very much like most of those "reassigned" teachers had absolutely nothing to do with what occurred. I feel very sorry for them being treated like scapegoats.