What Would You Do?
By: Wes Wallace
By: Wes Wallace
Jackson, MO -- It's a situation most parents never want to think about, but it recently surfaced right here in the Heartland. A Farmington teacher, accused of having a sexual encounter with a 15-year old boy, now faces criminal charges.
So what would you do, if you thought or found out your child got involved with a teacher or other school worker?
"I'm not really for sure, I'd probably go to the police first and then have them tell me what to do," says Dianna Hanners of Marble Hill.
Penny Burnell of Jackson has another idea, "I wouldn't face it on my own, I wouldn't go to the school first, I'd go to the community counseling center for some advice."
While those plans are ok, it's not the first thing a parent needs to do in such a situation, or so says Officer Rick Whitaker with the Jackson Police Department. "This is something schools want to know about, if something like that is going on, and you also have School Resource Officers, and sometimes students or parents can come to me asking what to do."
Whitaker serves as a School Resource Officer for Jackson Schools, he says having a police presence in schools really helps solve a lot of problems or prevent them from even happening, "Students are getting used to us being there, so if they have any questions or want something answered we're there. Plus school administrators are using us now to help with some investigations, since we're already there."
Officer Whitaker recommends parents keeping an open line of communication with their kids, so they feel comfortable talking about anything, including sensitive matters. He also suggests keeping a journal or track of any evidence like letters, notes, emails, or text messages.