School Officials Knew About Sexual Abuse, Did Nothing, Parents sue school distri
- Retired Teacher: School Officials Knew About Sexual Abuse, Did Nothing
Carol Buchanan tried to come forward in the 1990s, but was punished for it
By Cheryl Hurd Friday, Mar 29, 2013
Carol Buchanan is a retired teacher who taught in the Moraga School
Now she may become best known as a whistleblower in the sexual abuse case
involving now University of California at Berkeley swim coach, Kristen
“Why didn’t somebody listen? What else could I have done?" Buchanan
asked. “I do feel guilty in hindsight. If this happened today, there would be
no problem. I would immediately go to (Child Protective Services).”
Buchannan said in the 1990s, students told her that a popular science
teacher, Dan Witters, was sexually abusing them, and she complained to
She says the district wasn’t responding to her complaints and, after a
25-year career with the district, she wasn’t fired -- but they strongly
suggested that she take a leave of absence.
Buchanan says she felt vindicated when Cunnane publicly came forward last
year. She was a middle school student decades ago, and is now a 30-year-old
swim coach at UC Berkeley....
Parents sue Grain Valley School District after teacher’s abuse
March 29, 2013, by Michelle Pekarsky
GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. — Attorneys for the parents of a girl allegedly abused
by a teacher in the Grain Valley School District filed a lawsuit against
the district principal, superintendent, and other school officials, alleging
they did not take appropriate action against Matthew Nelson.
Nelson, formerly a teacher at Prairie Branch Elementary School, was
arrested in January 2012 and later pleaded guilty to 10 counts of child
molestation, five counts of statutory sodomy and one count of attempted child
molestation for incidences dating back to August 2008. The crimes involved
children under 14 years of age, some under the age of 12.
The lawsuit states the Grain Valley superintendent and assistant
superintendent, along with the former and current principal of Prairie Branch
Elementary failed to take action against Nelson even though they had knowledge of
prior inappropriate contact by Nelson against at least one other student.
In a letter sent home to parents in February 2012, district superintendent
Dr. Roy Moss said that someone first filed an anonymous report on teacher
Matthew Nelson in 2008, and that the district investigated the allegations
with the limited information that they had at the time....
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