This letter is regarding sexual abuse at the Orange Center Elementary School District by superintendent Lance Clement. A $5.4 million dollar settlement was awarded to the victims.
Plaintiff attorney Jacob Rivas gave statements regarding the lack of diligence on behalf of the staff at the school, in spite of the fact that two teachers reported their suspicions and Child Protective Services neglected to follow through.
At the time of depositions, CPS did not release its role in the investigation of Mr. Clement. According to Rivas, “...children should be safe at school, and teachers play a key role…this is a painful reminder that they do have that responsibility.”
Mr. Rivas should take “responsibility” and stop a crime before it happens! He should take a portion of his fee from that $5.4 million settlement (which must be considerable) and instead of profiting from tragedy, start a foundation to educate children who are facing this type of evil in their lives.
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Districts could increase the paltry budget that is assigned to counseling. Mr. Rivas could draft legislation to overturn roadblocks preventing disclosure in bureaucratic agencies like CPS.
As an educator, I commit to stay vigilant. What will Mr. Rivas’ commitment be?
D.K. Siebenaler, Clovis