Rob Petree with Delaware 105.9 reported Cape Henlopen School District lied about an offensive touching incident three years ago.
The incident, where an employee grabbed a female student’s pants to see her rear, was shocking enough.
“…and before she knew it he had stood up, grabbed the back of her pants, pulled them away from her body to get a look at her rear-end.”
But the school district told the student’s parent they reported it to the Delaware State Police. Turns out they never did.
“The alleged incident was not reported to the Delaware State Police in May 2015 and handled by the Administration at the school,” said Sgt. Richard Bratz, Director of Public Information for Delaware State Police. “The school advised this did not rise to the level of a mandatory school report and that the school district resolved it.”
If the man was still at the school years later it doesn’t sound like the district “resolved” anything. They made the employee work after hours when students were not present. They openly lied to a news organization about reporting it to the police. How is that okay? In a way, this makes the original offense even worse for the victim. It is saying “we don’t care, we stand by our employees”. It is not okay for an adult to do that. It is not okay for the same adult to walk around with racist comments and innuendos.
The response from the district sounds like one I’ve heard before when all of a sudden they are in the hot seat:
The Cape Henlopen School District said “due to the nature of the allegations made by the family and privacy rights of individuals involved, the district is not able to provide specific comments about the concerns.”
Yup, time for the game of say nothing, do nothing. Sorry, they should have spoken loud and clear three years ago! Should Superintendent Robert Fulton resign over this? Any adult in a school is a person of trust. By keeping an employee that does what he did, lying about how you reported it, and failing to protect students, Fulton allowed this erosion of trust.