Schools have duty to report child abuse incidents

Published 8:27am Saturday, March 29, 2014

In less than a week Selma’s has seen two extremely gruesome child abuse cases. Quite frankly, the cases were so egregious that its repulsive to even contemplate how the thought crossed into the charged offender’s minds.

In one case, a young girl was beaten and forced to excercise after not completing her chores up to standard. In another case a man slammed his stepchild onto the floor and punched the stepchild on the left side of his face.

In many cases, these kinds of incidents are part of everyday life for area children.

To the suspected abusers: what were you thinking? How could you possibly abuse a child to such an extend. Though children make mistakes, no mistake is worth slamming onto the floor or a punch to the face.

Certainly coroporal punishment was commonplace in the Old South, but in these incidents, the suspets were completely out of line.

In these incidencts, schools play such a vital role in reporting abuse. Many times, children won’t report abuse, fearing retaliation. It’s school’s responsibility to protect the child after the incident is reported and law enforcement’s responsibility to make sure the suspects understand the severity of their actions.

Children are the future of our society and should be treated as such. By reporting child abuse incidents you are showing that such dispicable crime has no place in Dallas County.

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