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Court Upholds Conviction Of Principal Who Failed To Immediately Report Student Rape

Christopher Smith Muncie Central High School

Christopher Smith Muncie Central High School

USA TODAY

The Indiana Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a former principal’s conviction for failing to immediately report a student’s rape in a school bathroom.

Christopher Smith, former principal of Muncie Central High School, was convicted in 2012 of the misdemeanor charge after he waited four hours to tell the Indiana Department of Child Services that a student had been raped by another student in a school bathroom.

Smith challenged his conviction, arguing he’d been looking into the validity of the allegations before calling police and did not realize minor-on-minor rape constituted child abuse. He also claimed the law that required him to “immediately” report child abuse was vague.

School Security Audits – The Missing School Safety Factor

School Security Audits

SCHOOL SECURITY MANAGEMENT AUDIT

A Complete Assessment of All Security Systems and Policies Within Schools or Districts

In 1989, SERAPH developed and executed the first school SCHOOL SECURITY MANAGEMENT AUDIT in the United States. The SERAPH propriety system is a unique way to completely assess the needs of a school or district as they relate to safety and security issues.

The correct issues addressed in a USDOE level climate assessment:

EXPERT GROUP RELEASES LIST OF U.S. SCHOOL SECURITY ISSUES FOR 2011

The SERAPH Research Team which provides a biyearly school safety report for Congress has released its “FIVE CRITICAL SCHOOL SECURITY ISSUES list.

The list was developed from interviews with teachers, school security personnel, police and principals from 120 school districts throughout the United States.

  1. LACK OF ACCURATE UNDERSTANDING OF SECURITY ISSUES – Many schools and school districts have performed poor assessments of their school safety as it relates to everyday management of the schools.

Schools have security audits performed which focus on physical security such as cameras and emergency plans. These audits do not address classroom management, sub cultural groups, educational objectives, special education, negative behavior cliques and sexual issues.