Pedophiles are lurking in the hallways of American schools.
A recent investigation by the Associated Press found that there were more than 2,500 cases where educators were penalized for sexual misconduct over a five-year period, and that there are nearly three sexually abusive schoolteachers for every school in America.
Another study done by the U.S. Congress estimated that as many as 4.5 million students, out of roughly 50 million in American schools, are subject to sexual misconduct by an employee of a school at some point between kindergarten and 12th grade.
Considering these outrageous results, it is apparent the American school system is very unreliable.
When children are sent to school, parents should not have to stress over whether or not their child will be molested by one of their teachers or anyone else on the staff.
Unfortunately, most of the abused students never report the issue, and the cases that do get reported often end with no action because they cannot be proven, according to USA Today.
As reported by the Associated Press, several academic studies estimated that only about one in 10 victimized children report sexual abuse of any kind to someone who can do something about it.
The U.S. government seems to have made internet predators a priority, but they still need to be concerned with what is happening in American classrooms.
Of course there are extensive background checks and preliminaries that are done before selecting an employee for public schools, but there still needs to be more action taken in preventing sexual misconduct.
Genine Myers for the Editorial Board.