During the first week of February two, yes two different elementary school principals with Wichita Fallas ISD were arrested for failing to report suspected child abuse. The first principal was Kory Fancher Dorman and the second was Cindy Sue Underwood.
I find both of these situations a little disturbing not because they didn’t report but because of what usually happens when they do report, absolutely NOTHING.
In the spring of 2011, I was a 6-12 principal in a school in a smaller school in the Northeast corner of Texas. I went to the diagnostician’s office to discuss some upcoming ARD meetings. After we finished that business, then we began to discuss some other students and their situations. Our conversation worked its way around to a middle school student that typically looked messy and not well-taken care. We had both noticed earlier that day that she had lots of flea bites on her legs. There had been reports that there were several cats and dogs living at the home of this child. After several incidents that had occurred earlier in the school year we both thought it was prudent to at least make the report, even if there was not any action on the report.
Here is the punchline to this story: BEFORE, YES BEFORE THE DIAGNOSTICIAN HAD HUNG UP THE PHONE HER COMPUTER BEEPED. IT WAS AN EMAIL INFORMING HER THAT THE CASE HAS BEEN CLOSED. THEY CLOSED THE CASE WITHOUT ANY INVESTIGATION.
I would like to ask Scott Milder to add this to his list of legislation to work on. There is law, [Family Code 261.001] that requires professionals, including educator to report any suspected child abuse. The only problem with this law is that it does require CPS to investigate. Please pass the legislation that requires to CPS to conduct a thorough investigation any time an educator or others that are required to report have filed a report.
This is not an unreasonable request; if I a required to report then they must be required to investigate thoroughly.
David R. Taylor 30-year Teacher, Coach, and Principal