Special Envoy Says Swifter Actions Should Have Been Taken Against Accused Teacher
The Ministry of Education continues to investigate the allegation of sexual misconduct that was brought against a male teacher at Canaan Seventh-Day Adventist High School. The teacher has been put on administrative leave since the child’s father took to the media to voice his concern that the teacher was still in the classroom after he had filed a report to the school’s administration. The school reportedly did not act swiftly as there were certain steps that needed to be taken before any sanctions could be brought upon him. Special Envoy for the Development of Women and Children, Rossana Briceño, who was also once a school principal, says that she understands the need to follow due process, but this incident would not have been taken lightly if she was in the admin’s shoes.
H.E. Rossana Briceño, Special Envoy for The Development of Families and Children: “The Ministry of Education is dealing with it, has put out a strong statement, my office put out a very strong statement and yes we believe in due process and yes we believe in proving how do you say the whole due process approach but when it comes to children, when it comes to these kinds of issues – yes it’s an issue but it’s more of a predatory issue, a situation where a teacher is responsible for young people and then this is the kind of behavior that they will have it’s very demoralizing as a principal because I am a principal first I will never let that go and if that had happened in my school trust me definitely due process would follow but it would definitely not be swept under the rug. Definitely not. It’s wrong it’s wrong.”