School officials taking extra steps to prevent further student abuse from employees - KMOV.com

School officials taking extra steps to prevent further student abuse from employees

 (KMOV)—After three St. Louis city school employees have been accused of sexual abusing students, the superintendents are taking extra steps to make sure this does not happen again.

Clarence Cannon, an employee of Blow Middle School, was the latest to be charged after he exposed himself to a 14-year-old student.  A teacher’s aide at Sigel Elementary, John Cuneo, was charged with molestation.

Also in late January, Allen Merry, a retired teacher from Central and Visual and Performing Arts Academy was charged with rape.

“In most of these cases, the employees were older employees, making a background check useless. More pressure is now being put on parents and teachers to report any suspicious,” Superintendent Dr Kelvin Adams said

More schools are offering training on how to spot and handle situations such as these and possibly prevent them.

One school has hired a retired police officer who has a history of working with child sex abuse cases, aiding in seeing signs of abuse and concentrating on background checks.

The Department of Family Services has offered their support at the schools as well.

School officials are telling all employees and parents, if they hear or see something, no matter how minor it might be, notify the proper authorities, they will do the investigation and report it to DFS.

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