Parents Concerned Over Uptick Of Crimes By Educators Against Students In NYC

By Jessica Marie Baumgartner | 1 month ago

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Parents have many concerns regarding public school education. From the divisive ideologies of Critical Race Theory, to educators teaching young children about sexuality and grooming them for sexual abuse, there are many red flags that have led parents to pull children from the system and seek out better alternatives. In New York especially, these issues have become a serious problem, but now parents in the area are having to worry about NYC educators and the increase in crimes committed by teachers against students. 

School violence is on the rise. Whether this is a result of pandemic isolation, racially-based school policies, or teacher misconduct is unclear, but parents are learning that this isn’t just students having issues with each other. Multiple NYC educators are being charged with sexual assault and physical violence.

Two NYC educators have recently been arrested for sex crimes against children. Norman Dunkley is accused of groping a 10-year-old’s breast and showing multiple other children sexual photos. Brian Quinones is facing 11 counts of child sex crimes after posing as a woman to solicit sexually explicit videos from a middle-school boy. Parents at both of the schools are horrified. Their trust in NYC educators has been abused and many are considering pulling their children from the already struggling school system. This comes after a Hudson Valley NYC teacher was arrested for first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. 

Another teacher is facing charges for allegedly choking an 8th-grade student. One student came to the teacher’s defense stating that violence between students is common at the school and that he’s never seen the teacher in question harm a student even when they were violent, but this alone raises many questions. If NYC educators are struggling to handle violent students, while others are abusing students, then parents are faced with a serious decision to make, risk their children’s safety and well-being, or seek out alternatives. 

But this isn’t just a problem with NYC educators. In Nearby New Jersey, a teacher was charged after being accused of pushing a 7-year-old with autism on the ground and dragging him to a stairwell where he pushed the child down the steps. The student’s mother took him to the doctor where multiple bruises and a bleeding tooth were treated. She decried the teacher’s “vicious” actions and also plans to sue the board of educators for allowing such a teacher into the classroom. Across the nation, parents are having to fight to protect their children in school systems.  

In North Carolina, a band teacher has been found guilty of 17 child sex-crimes. The victims ranged from 13 years old to 15. A substitute teacher in North Carolina is facing charges for sexually assaulting a student. In Michigan, a Marysville teacher is being tried for groping a student in the locker room, distributing sexual material to minors, and “sexual conduct assault with intent to commit penetration.” A South Carolina teacher has pled guilty to sexually assaulting a teenage student. Cases like these are erupting all over the country, but back in New York parents are questioning their children’s safety in lieu of the recent cases against NYC educators. 

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How each state addresses the uptick in crimes committed against students by educators is based on their local policies, but New York is already facing numerous issues. Parents are already fed up with many school policies. As more NYC educators drive families away with criminal behavior, many are wondering how the system will survive.