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ERIC Number: EJ922134
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
When a Sex-Offender Enrolls in Your School
Stover, Del
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v71 n2 p13-17 Oct 2005
For school officials in West Des Moines, Iowa, it was a disturbing discovery: A teenager convicted of molesting a 13-year-old girl was enrolled in one of their junior high schools. It was a situation that gave local officials reason to pause. They knew all about conducting criminal background checks on new employees, and they had heard that some schools were beginning to screen volunteers. And they were aware that convicted sex offenders lived in the community. But now they also had to worrying about sex offenders among their students. The school board was ultimately able to resolve the issue by removing the student from the school he was attending and providing off-campus tutoring for him. A series of high-profile sex crimes which have occurred against children have sparked a great deal of debate on the subject of protecting children from sexual predators. As a result of that debate, there has been legislation which has been proposed in several of the states that could have an impact on local school decision making. This article discusses the different background checks conducted in different states to protect children from sex offenders. When dealing with juvenile sex offenders, getting more information is particularly important in deciding upon a reasoned response. Not all juvenile offenders are a serious risk to their peers, and troubled youths should sometimes be given the opportunity to put their mistakes behind them.
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Language: English
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