3 Nebraska School Employees Cited For Not Reporting Child Abuse

Published: January 14, 2007

OMAHA, Neb. – Three Bellevue Public School employees who allegedly failed to report the suspected abuse of a 5-year-old child to police have been issued citations.

Authorities suspect the abuse was discovered by the employees in November, but they didn’t tell anyone. Instead, they let the student return to her home where police believe the child was abused. Four days later, the director of elementary education found out about the problems and reported them to the police.

The three employees, not all of whom are teachers, were cited on suspicion of child abuse and failure to report it. Nebraska law states that if a person allows a child to be placed in a physically or mentally dangerous situation, that action constitutes abuse. Additionally, school employees, health and social workers, and others are required to notify police if they believe a child is being abused.

Details about the 5-year-old’s injuries were not released because the case is still being investigated. The three staffers remain at their jobs.

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