You can now read 10 articles a month for free. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Letters | cases of abuse

Even seasoned educators can err in protecting children

Continue reading below

THE ARTICLE “Principal suspended for not reporting sexual abuse’’ (Metro, Dec. 17) underscores the point that even seasoned educators, by all accounts well respected, can make tragic errors when it comes to protecting children in their care. This case again reminds us that mandated reporters are meant to do just that: report suspected abuse, and leave the investigation to those trained to do so. It is understandable that we want to be sure before we accuse someone of a terrible crime against children. But we must leave the resolution to the professional investigators, and do what is required of us: protect the children by reporting the suspected abuse.

Marylou Sudders

President, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children Boston
Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week