There have been quite a few reports on the recent number of public school teachers in the U.S. that have faced charges for sexually assaulting children.
However, a new report released from the Office of the Inspector General of the Chicago Public School system just showed that over 2021-2022, there were 772 cases investigating teachers for allegedly grooming, sexually assaulting, or raping students in Chicago alone.
The office closed 600 of those cases over the past twelve months according to the report, substantiating more than half of the claims.
That's more than the number reported nationally in the above article, in one city.
Of the hundreds of verified cases since 2018, only 16 have resulted in charges of any sort, which are now the only numbers included in national reports of teacher sexual abuse, since Biden's administration changed the reporting requirement.
(Thus the discrepancy between the national numbers and the local numbers.)
The accusations range from inappropriate touching to taking trips to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, London, Ibiza, and the Bahamas for sexual encounters. Most of the cases involved high school students, but some of these kids were as young as fourth grade.
A lot of the cases involved school apps that allowed teachers to send and receive messages to each other. Those systems make it easy to verify accusations, but also give teachers way more access to students than they need.
The cases obviously do not include the numbers of teachers sexualizing children through approved curriculum.
And I can't help but wonder if the teachers are not being affected by the hyper-sexualized curriculum as much as the students.
Be vigilant out there parents. If you have your kids in public school, be involved and know what they're talking about with friends and teachers.