Indiana agencies collaborate on new sexual predator video

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(Photo supplied/Indiana Department of Education)

The Indiana Department of Education, the Indiana State Police, and the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana announced the release of a collaborative video, designed to educate and inform school leaders and staff about sexual predators.

According to a press release, the video will be distributed by the Indiana Department of Education to all Indiana school corporations, encouraging them to share with all members of their staff.

“Keeping Indiana’s students safe is a top priority,” said Indiana State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick. “Our goal is that every teacher, administrator, and coach in Indiana sees this video and is then better equipped to identify dangerous behavior patterns that may put students at risk. This powerful video is one way to get the message to those who can help identify and stop this behavior.”

“Protecting innocent children remains a top priority of this office,” said United States Attorney Josh Minkler.  “We prefer to protect them through prevention and education but if not, sexual predators will face the hammer of federal prosecution.”

Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said, “Parents, as well as elementary to high school age youth, expect teachers to be role models and mentors.” Carter continued, “Administrators and teachers need to know and recognize signs of child exploitation and what action to take when such abuse may be occurring; this video provides the guidance needed to address such circumstances.”

Watch the video here:

2 COMMENTS

  1. I imagine this problem would be much smaller if school systems prosecuted all offenses rather than “kick the can” down the road for yet another school system to have to deal with so they don’t have to deal with the teachers unions. I hope the teachers union is on board with this video because I believe they play a big part in the non-prosecution and “kicking the can” down the road. Just my guess…

  2. It is also difficult to draw lines when you refuse to identify any activity as inappropriate. They break down the walls to all formerly taboo behavior and then are surprised and offended when someone breaks a taboo because they’ve removed all the other walls to formerly inappropriate behavior.

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