Lars Larson on Sex Abuse by Teachers

It’s about time the “daily dead fish wrapper” did a great set of stories.

Yah, that’s right, the “daily dead fish wrapper” newspaper, the Oregonian, did a great set of stories about teachers sex abuse. That is the abuse of students by their teachers in Oregon classrooms.

When the Oregonian looked up all the records for the past ten years, from ’97 to ’07, they turned up 129 teachers. That is basically one teacher a month for the last tem years who have been sexually abusing, molesting, or otherwise touching in ways that they should not, the students that are in their care.

What have the schools done about it? Well, in some cases they have gone after the teacher. But, in too many cases, they have actually allowed the teacher to simply leave, go on down the road to another job with a promise not to say anything bad about them as long as the teacher doesn’t take legal action against the school.

It’s not safeguarding the safety of students and the teachers and their union and the school districts ought to be ashamed.


    The Democrats who control the state government had the opportunity to, but choose not to address this problem during the session.

  • Rupert in Springfield

    You know it would be nice to, at some point, get to the place where school policy didn’t seem to be based upon mortal terror of a teachers union.

    To be fair, the article says “they turned up 129” teachers. What does this mean? Allegations? Convictions? Just simple suspicion that they looked at a student inappropriately? Who knows.

    The fact is, it was strong enough to go in the teachers record. Frankly if the teacher is dismissed under such circumstances, you would think the case was reasonably strong. The idea that it is the school that will be subject to legal action for someone so dismissed shows something, either the legal system or the power of the teachers union, is seriously out of whack.

    At some point, given the litany of stories like this indicating the schools are being run more for the benefit of the teachers union and less to educate, the people of Oregon will have to seriously consider dissolving the teachers union and simply hire other people. I would think that the next strike would be a good opportunity to simply say, thanks, but no thanks, and be done with it. When Regan fired all of the air traffic controllers, I don’t recall planes being grounded for weeks. I am sure there are more than a few very qualified people waiting in the wings to take over what are fairly lucrative jobs compared to others in this region.


      Rupert, the schools don’t want the publicity of these sexual molestations. What the articles don’t tell us is that the districts settle out of court with the victims in many cases.

      Eventually I believe you’ll see a class action lawsuit in this state, much like the catholic church / pervie priest lawsuit. The catholic church did the same thing, they just moved the perverts to other communities instead of admittting there is a problem.

  • Al

    It’s the unions.

    See how they work.

    This video is a must watch and should be posted here as it’s own thread.

    Drew Carey Project
    Education Revolt in Watts

  • John in Oregon

    I also congratulate the Oregonian when it does do a good job of news reporting. It shows they have staff that knows how to do real reporting when given the chance.

    I found three points worth considering as I thought about the efforts required to dig out the 129 examples the reporters were able to find. Information the schools were not eager to have known. The odds are there are many more examples the reporters were not able to find. The actual problem is likely to be much bigger than the 129 in the Oregonian article.

    Second 129 is the number of teachers. As a teacher is moved along from district to district the number of abuse incidents is much larger.

    While looking at the standard practice of moving the trash (incompetent, bad, argumentative, and abusive teachers) along to the next school, the Oregonian of necessity focused on the smaller sub set of student abuse cases.

    That leaves me to wonder just how large the practice of moving incompetent and just simply bad teachers might be? Teachers that will move to another district to inflict failure on more classrooms full of students.

  • Anon

    Actually, Crawdude, the DEMOCRATS DID ACT BY IMMEDIATELY DOUBLING THE NUMBER OF STATE INVESTIGATORS for this very purpose. This whole story came out one week ago, and the Democrats quickly responded.

    Sure beats the lame Republican leadership we had in Salem for years.

    • John in Oregon

      Why is it that in some political circles the solution to any problem is to increase the number of Government Employees?

      Twice as many investigators moving abusers to the next school faster solves the problem HOW?

    • Marc

      When faced with failure, private entities must find something that works or they will go out of business. As such, they look for creative solutions to problems and innovation and better service is the result.

      When government bureaucracies fail (which is inevitable), they nearly always find the solution to be doing more of what hasn’t worked, spending more money and increasing the bureaucracy.

      “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem” -R. Reagan, first inaugural speech.

      John is right. While the TSPC does have a backlog (which could easily be solved by contracting with private investigators / retired police officers until the backlog is solved), the problem is not that the molesters weren’t investigated, but rather that the teachers who were found to be dangerous were subsequently moved to other schools.

      This created what I call the teachers’ union underground railroad for molesters.

      Adding more investigators will identify more molesters, but it won’t derail the shame train.