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Educators must report child abuse

Sometimes, the only rescuers abused children can rely on are teachers, principals and other school personnel. Many cases of child abuse and/or neglect come to light only because educators go to the police.

In both Ohio and West Virginia, they are required by law to report suspected abuse. They do so almost every time.

But in very rare occasions, they do not. That happened in Perry County, Ohio, where an ex-high school principal, Chris King, has been found guilty of failing to report a case of abuse. A school counselor intervened to help the child.

King may be punished by the court system. He has appealed his conviction.

He should never be allowed to work in a public school again. Abused children need to be able to rely on someone for help.

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