Lewis Diuguid

April 4, 2014

Rape allegation at Southwest indicts Kansas City school district’s ability to ensure students’ safety

School district officials have to improve security measures to ensure the safety of teachers and students. A second rape at Southwest Early College Campus in less than a year is unforgivable.

For one rape to occur last summer at Southwest Early College Campus is a tragedy, but for a second to follow in less than a year is a bumbling, administration failure.

So far the principal and two faculty members at the school have been placed on administrative leave, The Kansas City Star reports. Harsher measures need to be taken to ensure that no adults disregard the safety of any student in the Kansas City Public Schools.

A juvenile boy and girl have been arrested involving the repeated rape over the last month at the school of a 14-year-old girl with autism. The girl reported that the rapes happened in an area out of view of security cameras on the second floor.

The earlier rape of a student at Southwest occurred Aug. 27. That victim was a 17-year-old girl.

School district officials gave assurances that security would be improved to prevent such crimes. That obviously didn’t happen.

The second rape in less than a year indicts the administration’s ability to ensure the safety of all of the children in its care. If school officials can’t get the safety right, parents and the community should also doubt whether academic improvement and full accreditation is possible. The district lost its provisional accreditation in January 2012.

Kansas City Public Schools can’t afford for any more security breaches or assaults on students to happen. Unwavering steps must be taken to ensure the safety of everyone in the schools.

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