BTU demands investigation into refusal to report child abuse at Lloyd Estates Elementary
Broward Teacher’s Union President Pat Santeramo is demanding that Broward County School district officials investigate the administrators at Lloyd Estates Elementary for their alleged failure to report child abuse.
Santeramo said teachers at the Lloyd Estates Elementary reported apparent abuse of students by students to the school’s administrators. After the principal failed to contact Florida’s Child and Family Services, the teachers called the BTU to seek guidance. The union has demanded a thorough and in depth investigation by the district’s Special Investigations Unit to determine whether the child abuse occurred and if in fact the administrators failed to properly report it to state agencies.
“When it comes to our students’ welfare, the BTU and its members want to make absolutely certain that every precaution is taken,” Santeramo said. “We believe this case warrants careful study by the district to make sure due diligence has been taken to assure the safety of our children.”
District officials arrived at the school today and have assured union staff that their investigation is underway. Investigators are looking into the teachers’ reports and will meet with school employees and union staff next week.
He said teachers followed proper protocol by reporting the abuse to their administrators; however, no education professional should feel afraid of reporting child abuse themselves to the proper authorities. Union staff will be following up with district officials to make sure all employees know the protocol to follow in reporting abuse.
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