In California, Principal failed to report suspected sexual abuse by teacher | Child Abuse

Former California principal, Lyn Vijayendran was reportedly found guilty of failing to reported suspected sexual abuse of a child Monday.

The conviction, marked just the second time in two decades that Santa Clara County prosecutors had pursued the misdemeanor charge, and reportedly the first time they won.  The jury deliberated for a reported two days and reportedly found Lyn Vihayendran guilty of the crime.

Lyn Vihayendran, the former principal of O.B. Whaley Elementary School in San Jose, was reportedly sentenced to two years of probation, $602 in fines and 100 hours of community service.  The community service will reportedly involve training other educators in the proper reporting of suspected child abuse.

California State law requires principals, teachers and others who come into contact with children to report suspected child abuse.

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Margo Logan 11/19/2012 11:45 PM
I teach reporting child abuse in the community and over the years day care staff reported working for day care centers where they were told to report to the director only. Holding a principal accountable is a long overdue action. I recently uncovered the latest way school districts in Oregon have set it up to continue to hide sexual abuse, sexual misconduct by school employees. They no longer use those two phrases, they now call it "sexual conduct" and say in their training material "While equally as egregious, sexual conduct may not always constitute child abuse...", staff are directed report to "HR legal counsel" and "Under no circumstances are you to report to the parent or legal guardian." I've brought this to the attention of my state representative and am working with her on this matter. I'm pleased to see a law firm dedicated solely to children.
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