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SCHOOLS: Do more to ID abnormal behavior

Letter by Colin Guthrie, Puyallup on Feb. 13, 2014 at 12:04 pm | No Comments »
February 13, 2014 12:27 pm

Having two separate teachers being charged with sex offenses in a week’s time proves there is a problem with the process the state and school districts use to screen teachers for unprofessional conduct.

Current “boundary invasion” policy targets certain grooming behaviors, but it does not target the exact source of why people are sexually attracted to young people.

The boundary invasion policy prohibits certain types of interaction – such as talking to students outside the curriculum and about personal issues –which can impair learning in students under that type of stress. What the policy does not target is the exact source of the sexual desire for young people.

Screening for psychosexual behavior patterns by a multistep process, including interviews, can identify behaviors that are abnormal and prohibited for people who work with kids and should be a condition for applying for jobs where children are involved.

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