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ABUSE: Hold teachers to a higher standard

Letter by Colin Guthrie, Puyallup on July 6, 2012 at 4:56 pm | 70 Comments »
July 6, 2012 4:56 pm

I notice those teachers charged with crimes against children are getting off very easily in court.

Numerous cases show former teachers charged with sex crimes are given lighter sentences. One female teacher was originally charged with sexual misconduct with a minor but was able to plea down to fourth-degree assault. A male teacher was originally charged with first-degree rape but was able to get a a sentence of seven months in jail with three years as a registered sex offender.

These are two of several cases I know involving teacher misconduct in which the teacher did not get the same type of sentence everyone else might receive. What I also notice is female teachers are given lighter sentences than males.

What I think needs to be done is to hold teachers to a higher standard than others because they are trusted individuals.

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