When parents send their children to school—especially a private school or religious school—they should be able to feel like their children are safe. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case, as we constantly hear about school shootings, bullying, and violence that occurs in schools throughout this nation. Sadly, there is still another safety issue in schools that parents need to be concerned about, which is child abuse.
What parents may not know is that there are many different forms of abuse occurring in Florida schools, such as:
- Abuse by an adult (e.g., teacher, aid, janitor)
- Child-on-child abuse (e.g., an older child abusing a younger kid)
- Verbal and emotional abuse (e.g., subjecting a child to ridicule and embarrassment)
- Physical abuse (e.g., pushing, slapping, hitting)
- Sexual abuse (e.g., fondling, oral sex, rape)
While most people are aware what constitutes as sexual abuse and physical abuse, many other forms of child abuse in schools are not widely recognized. This can include locking a child in a closet or slapping a child on the behind for punishment, as well as inappropriately supervising children which allows for child-on-child abuse to occur.
What’s sad is that no child is safe from abuse at school because child abuse can occur at any school—public or private. Sadly, victims of child abuse can range in age from newborns to high school aged boys and girls. When child abuse at school occurs, kids can suffer the effects of the abuse for a lifetime—whether the abuse is by an adult or child.
If you believe your child has been abused at school, you should contact us immediately to learn about your child’s rights, or request a free copy of our book, When the Unthinkable Happens: Your Guide to Florida Child Abuse Claims.