Exclusive to OpEdNews:
OpEdNews Op Eds

My Last Article! I'm Headed For Jail Time! Not My Fault!

By       Message Dale Hill     Permalink
      (Page 1 of 2 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (more...) ; ; ; , Add Tags  (less...) Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It


Author 2486
- Advertisement -
It's been fun while it has lasted, but I must admit that I will be going to prison for a couple of years. My fault. I knew better, but I didn't speak up.

As an educator in the United States, I am bound to a system of justice that says, if I know or even suspect a case of child abuse and don't report it, I am heading for the joint to spend some time thinking about the crime I committed.

In fact, in my 34 years, in the education business, I have reported nearly a dozen cases of pedophilia, and once I reported it, it was quickly out of my hands.

First the DHS people were at my door at school. I stepped out of my office, while they interviewed the student. Then the child, and all other children in the household are jerked out and put in a temporary shelter until placement is made. Then the investigation starts. Would you like to hear an example of such a case?

I was seeing a 4th grader who lived with his step-mom and dad, newly here because of the 80's oil boom.

The youngster came to my office, at least once a week and sometimes more, having been identified by his teacher as in need of counseling. He would always have lots of things to say, as we played checkers.

One day he came to my class, and the game scenario changed.

"Mr. Hill, I bet you can't guess how much money I have on me?"
- Advertisement -

"Five dollars."

"No, I have $14.47 cents!"

"Wow, that's a lot. Are you saving your money?"


"Why are you saving your money? Are you going to buy a toy?"
- Advertisement -

"No, I am saving it up to run away."

When a student says that, it hits you like a freight train. The boy was dressed fine, and he had never had bruises on him. Odd! Unreal! What could I say?

"Why are you planning on running away?"

Next Page  1  |  2


- Advertisement -

View Ratings | Rate It

Is a 34 year retired educator with a Masters Degree in Counseling - a free-lance writer with articles in Spanish and English Guideposts, Mothering, Oklahoma Observer, Oklahoma Gazette, Westview, Oklahoma Reader, The Lookout, Christian Standard, (more...)

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Go To Commenting

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

The William Bennett Syndrome

The Parable Of The Sparrow And The Mustard Seed.



The Spit That Made History

Horny Toads, Red Ants, And The Soaring Eagle!