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TACOMA: School district’s boundary invasion policy not working

Letter by Colin Guthrie, Puyallup on Feb. 21, 2012 at 3:50 pm | 11 Comments »
February 21, 2012 3:51 pm

In 2008, the Tacoma School District implemented a boundary invasion policy, which prohibits interaction that is deemed a personal or one-on-one form that includes face-to-face, phone call, email, social networking or written letter forms.

Restrictions like these only permit interactions between school staff and students/parents of what is deemed educational or within the approved curriculum and school-related business. If students bring up personal issues, staff are required to refer students to the counselor/guidance staff.

However since the policy’s implementation, staff members still violate conduct laws as Donte Lipscomb and other staff allegedly have done. The policy does little to prevent such acts of impropriety and misconduct.

What can prevent such misconduct is a tool that tests people for abnormal attraction to children that often becomes a sexual manner. This brings a question whether we need to assess potential staff for psycho-sexual issues. It may be necessary to do this.

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