Arizona Elementary Teacher Takes Girl...

Arizona Elementary Teacher Takes Girls Shirt Off as Punishment

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“John 3:16”

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#1 Jan 22, 2014
What if this were your daughter?

A teacher at an Arizona elementary schools is under arrest after taking the shirt off of a 6 year old female student and forcing her to sit half naked for several minutes as a “punishment” for disobedience.

54 year old Thomas Washburn was a teacher at Adams Elementary School in Mesa, Arizona until the recent incident occurred. Police say that Washburn became upset at something that was going on in the class and began yelling at the group of about two dozen students. His outburst apparently frightened the young girl, whose mother says is “developmentally delayed”, and so she hid her face in her t-shirt.

The young girl’s decision to hide her face from the anger of the adult made things even worse.(The girl bears no blame of course– likely hiding her face simply shamed the teacher, exacerbating his anger.) He demanded that she pull her face from her shirt, but the frightened girl did not budge, so the teacher did the unthinkable. He strode over and forcibly removed the her shirt from her body, leaving her half naked with a full class of witnesses for the next ten minutes.

Understandably distraught, the girl broke down in tears.
Eventually (again, after about ten minutes) Washburn returned the shirt to the little girl.
At the end of the day when her mom arrived to pick her up, Washburn explained to her what had happened. The irate mother contacted the school administration, who in turn contacted the local police. Washburn was arrested at the school and charged with one count of child abuse and one count of indecent exposure – which has since been upped to 24 counts of indecent exposure, one for every child in the class.

The Mesa Public School System issued the following statement about the situation.
"Thomas Washburn has been placed on paid administrative leave and is assigned to home. The district will use the police findings as the basis for any future employment action against Washburn.

"Our first priority is the safety and security of our students. Mesa Police Department is leading the investigation, and we are working cooperatively with them. Please contact Mesa PD for information regarding the incident and investigation.
Washburn has been employed by Mesa Public Schools since August 2006. His only assignment has been a teacher at Adams Elementary."

Adults must know better. We must be able to interact with children in a proportional and understanding manner. Whatever happens next to Mr. Washburn, this is a situation that never should have happened, and every negative repercussion is his own fault.

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“John 3:16”

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#2 Jan 22, 2014
Thomas Washburn, 54, who teaches at Adams Elementary School in Mesa, was arrested Wednesday when the incident reportedly occurred.
Police said something upset Washburn, who started shouting in the classroom filled with two dozen youngsters. The outburst frightened the victim and she hid her face in the top of her shirt, officers said.

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When the victim's mother arrived after school to pick up the child, Washburn told the parent what he had done, police said. She was extremely upset and immediately contacted the principal's office, officers said.

Detectives arrested Washburn, who was taken to Mesa Police Headquarters for an interview. He declined to answer any of the detective's questions.

He was booked at that time for one count of child abuse and one count of indecent exposure. Police said at the time of the incident, there was one adult aide in the classroom.

On Thursday morning, detectives continued their investigation and added an additional 24 counts of indecent exposure, one for each of the students present at the time of the incident, police said.

Mesa Public Schools issued the following statement Thursday afternoon:
"Thomas Washburn has been placed on paid administrative leave and is assigned to home. The district will use the police findings as the basis for any future employment action against Washburn.
"Our first priority is the safety and security of our students. Mesa Police Department is leading the investigation, and we are working cooperatively with them. Please contact Mesa PD for information regarding the incident and investigation.

"Washburn has been employed by Mesa Public Schools since August 2006. His only assignment has been a teacher at Adams Elementary."
A profile of Washburn on the school's website quotes Washburn saying, in part:
"Having been certified for foster care and licensed for adoption, I am looking forward to becoming a single father for the first time and am waiting the placement of children in my home. In the meantime, I have enjoyed the opportunity of taking care of several children on a respite basis."
Authorities said their investigation is continuing.

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#3 Jan 22, 2014
Calif. educator resigns after YouTube abuse accusation

http://news.msn.com/us/calif-educator-resigns...

Jamie Carrillo posted a YouTube video Friday accusing an administrator at her middle school of sexually abusing her years ago.

LOS ANGELES — A California educator has resigned after a woman accused her in a YouTube video of abusing her when she was a 12-year-old student, school authorities said Tuesday, and police said they were looking into the allegations.
In a video that went viral, 28-year-old Jamie Carrillo speaks into a webcam and confronts a woman identified as a school administrator with allegations of sexual abuse that Carillo says began when she was a middle school student. The video has drawn 480,000 hits since being posted Friday.
Officials for the Alhambra Unified School District, where the educator was working as a high school assistant principal, said they received an email Friday with a link to the YouTube video, and immediately notified police.
"The Alhambra High School administrator was interviewed on January 17, 2014 and at the conclusion of that interview the Alhambra High School administrator tendered her resignation," the statement said.
Attempts to contact school administrator Andrea Cardosa at her listed phone number were unsuccessful. Alhambra Unified School District officials said Tuesday that they did not know if she had retained an attorney.
On the YouTube video, Carillo confronts a woman identified as Cardosa with sexual abuse allegations and tells her she ruined her childhood. Carillo alleges that the abuse took place over several years in Riverside, east of Los Angeles.
Confronted by the former student, the woman whose voice was recorded in the video says: "I regret it."
She goes on to say that she wanted to help Carrillo and then says: "That wasn't anything that I intended. I don't even know what happened."
Officers in Alhambra spoke with Carrillo to verify the authenticity of the video, then passed the case along to Riverside police, Alhambra police said in a statement.
"Our sexual child abuse detectives are working the YouTube incident," Riverside police spokesman Val Graham said. "Statute of limitations will have to be discussed after the investigation is concluded between Detectives and the Riverside District Attorney's Office."
A spokeswoman for the Riverside Unified School District, Jacquie Paul, said officials there were searching for Cardosa's employment records and could not verify any details. She said the district was cooperating fully with police.
John Hall, a spokesman for the Riverside County District Attorney's office, said his office could not comment directly on the case. But he added that the statute of limitations in sex-related crimes is generally 10 years from the commission of the crime, with some possibility for a limited extension if the victim was under age 18 at the time of the crime.
An attorney for Carillo, David Ring, did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment. But he told the Pasadena Star-News that he was representing her in potential civil actions that might relate to the case, and that it was unclear whether authorities would be able to pursue criminal charges because of the statute of limitations.

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