The following is an excerpt from Andrea Peyser's column in the NY Post. Last week there were 2 major teacher/student sexual abuse situations that were brought to the public's attention. Many times female teacher abuse is overlooked or the public perceives it in a different way. Any teacher/student abuse is wrong and the victims suffer their entire lifetime. The other situation shows that a predator could have been stopped in the 1990s with video tape evidence; however, he was allowed to teach at a different school and is now under investigation for inappropriate contact with a 9 year old. ....... The past week will go down as a depraved chapter in public-school history. It's the week of Teachers Gone Wild -- and cruel. ...... But topping the list of deviant educators is one Thomas Gibbons, a violent pedophile I've written about for more than a decade. On Friday, Gibbons, 59, was arrested for allegedly having sexual contact with a 9-year-old New Jersey relative while visiting the child's family between January 2010 and 2011. Would it surprise you to learn that Gibbons -- a tenured New York City special-ed teacher -- was once arrested for allegedly grabbing a student by the hair inside William H. Taft HS in The Bronx, slamming her against a wall and holding a gun to her chest? He was mad that the child tried to break off a sexual relationship that began when she was 15. Guess what. He's still teaching!
Parents don't want to further traumatize young victims, but handling things "discreetly" merely displaces the problem to another school or community When Bud Spillane was a school superintendent in New Rochelle, N.Y., he had to deal with removing an elementary school teacher suspected of sex abuse. "It was pretty evident he had done something," Spillane recalls. The biggest obstacle to removing him from the classroom? "Parents came out of the woodwork...against me," he says. They loved the teacher, the afterschool time he put in, and the weekend trips he liked to take students on, so they fought to keep him in school.
A New York City teacher's aide already accused of possessing child pornography was jailed Tuesday after prosecutors brought new allegations that he videotaped himself spanking one naked child and fondling another in a public elementary school classroom. FBI agents arrested Taleek Brooks, 40, at his Brooklyn apartment on Monday night after an investigation uncovered the videos on a computer seized last month from the home, authorities said. A criminal complaint mentioned only two alleged victims -- both believed by the federal authorities to be current or former students at the Weeksville School in Brooklyn, where Brooks had worked since 1995.