We learned nothing.
OK, that’s not quite true.
For those who haven’t been following the story, kids/parents reported child abuse in Park City Schools. Multiple people from the school district allegedly didn’t report child abuse to the proper authorities. The County Attorney filed a lawsuit against the school district. The County Attorney then settled with the school district under the idea that no one could prove rape or touching of a 4-year-old’s penis, so it wasn’t a big deal. The settlement also noted that no one at the district TOLD someone to cover it up, so I guess it wasn’t a conspiracy.
I think that’s where we are.
Yet, we still seem to have cases of alleged child abuse that weren’t reported by school personnel, but that doesn’t seem to matter. The County Attorney will allegedly monitor the district for two years — so I guess we have that.
What we have learned is that the penalty for not reporting child abuse is … nothing.
Yet, you play the game you have to play. You are dealt the hand you are dealt. Here are my takeaways:
- If you depend on Park City schools to do anything regarding child abuse, you are misguided.
- If you depend on the Summit County Attorney to do anything regarding child abuse in schools, you are misguided.
- If your child is bullied, raped, touched, etc., report it to the Summit County Sheriff’s Department or Park City Police. You can’t rely on the Park City School District. If you don’t trust Summit County because you don’t trust the County Attorney, report it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation or Child Help (https://childhelphotline.org).
- Don’t trust the schools to tell you that your child was bullied, raped, or touched. Talk with your children about the issue. You likely won’t find out any other way.
- If bad things have happened to your child, civil lawsuits appear to be your primary option. Tens of millions of dollars of lawsuits should be able to elicit change. Of course, that doesn’t help your child that was raped.
So, that is where we are. The truth doesn’t only hurt; it sucks.
Welcome to Park City.