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Posted on September 9, 2014 2:54 am
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Aslihan Unal
Aslihan Unal
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She chose not to report the injuries.
A second grade teacher suspects that one of her students is a victim of child abuse. The child comes to school with bruises and cuts that are not, in the teacherís mind, consistent with injuries that second grade students routinely receive. She chose not to report the injuries to her superiors for nearly two weeks. She did confer with another teacher about her concerns. While she was contemplating what action should be taken, the student received a life-altering injury at the hands of an abusive parent. Should the teacher be held liable for not immediately reporting her suspicions? What legal principals should be examined by the courts in assessing this situation?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted October 20, 2014 3:46 am

Dawn Rogers
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Yes, the teacher should be help liable for something. A teacher spends roughly 35 hours a week with their students, these teachers need to be on the look out for anything that is harming the student. As a teacher it is your right ethically, legally and morally to report anything you feel could be harming a child. This teacher ould also be liable for some kind of child abuse charges legally for not saying something to stop the behavior.
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Solution 2
Posted March 9, 2015 6:09 pm

ySyNyQ
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The teacher should certainly be held liable. She knew something was suspicious about the injuries but did not report it based on her personal feelings. When it comes to a child's life, our personal feelings are put aside and we do what is right to protect the child. It is better to be safe than sorry. Thankfully, the child is still alive. Teachers are legally mandated reporters for child abuse and neglect and we are required to report to slightest hint of any type of abuse. Legally, the teacher did not protect the child. Reporting the small injuries could have prevented the life-altering injury the child now has to endure.
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Solution 3
Posted February 22, 2016 8:10 pm

ypuqum
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We are obligated to report any suspicions of abuse. This teacher failed her student and therefore should be held liable for the injury. Thinking about it for two weeks is unacceptable!
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Solution 4
Posted February 26, 2016 5:46 am

eQyVuj
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Yes, it is the teachers responsibility to report any abuse that has been discovered.
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