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ABUSE: Is screening needed for teachers?

Letter by Greg Cook, Fircrest on Feb. 10, 2014 at 12:56 pm with No Comments »
February 10, 2014 2:34 pm

Much has been written about the sexual abuse that occurred in the Catholic Church in recent decades. There has been a great deal of vitriol aimed at the church for that abuse and how it was subsequently handled.

An objective look at the church’s response will show that many safeguards are now in place, including more stringent psychological screening of candidates for the priesthood. So why not require psychological screening for those wishing to enter the teaching profession?

Another high-profile arrest (TNT, 2-8) seems to suggest that too many new teachers are unaware of appropriate boundaries with students. If those speaking up for Catholic children truly care about young people, will they call for the same remedies that they demand of the Catholic Church? Or is there some other agenda?

 

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