Tips for Parents: How To Report A School Crime

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GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. — The Grain Valley School District sent a letter home to parents on the proper way to report inappropriate incidents between a teacher and a child.

Grain Valley Superintendent Dr. Roy Moss reminded parents in the letter to first contact the school principal, who is required to respond at least in writing. If they aren’t satisfied with the response the next step is to contact the superintendent, also required to respond. And if they still aren’t happy with the outcome they should take their concern to the Board of Education.

District: Concerns About Teacher First Raised in 2008

In early January, the Grain Valley Police received a report of sexual misconduct between teacher, Matthew Nelson and his student which started an investigation that lead to his arrest about two weeks later.

This wasn’t the first time the district documented allegations of misconduct between nelson and a student. In 2008, the Missouri School Violence Hotline received an anonymous call accusing nelson of touching a student inappropriately. But the caller would not give the name of the student or details of the encounter.

The district investigated and spoke with Nelson at the time, but no action was taken.

The Missouri School Violence Hotline receives on average 1,300 calls a year.

“Reports include allegations of assault, bullying, cyber bullying, harassment and property destruction, sexual misconduct, theft, threats and weapons, so it’s a pretty broad range.” says Seth Bundy, Director of Communications for the Missouri Department of Social Services.

Each call is recorded and kept for one year but it stays anonymous.

“Obviously, the more information we have the better, victims names, schools names, allegations, anything like that,” said Bundy. “But I would hate for anybody to think, ‘Boy I would have called, I just didn’t think I had enough info’.”

For more information on how you can report violence in a school click here.

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