Uncut: What's a good parent to do?

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by JOHN McCAA

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Posted on July 6, 2012 at 6:33 PM

The right place for school-age children when school is in session is in the classroom... But there are situations in which that might not be best.

It's this week's Uncut commentary.

I can't imagine any parent sending their child back to a place they suspect there is danger. Yet, that's what seems to be happening to one family.

This week, Byron Harris reported on a 14-year-old special needs student kept out of school by her parents. They allege a school worker sexually abused the girl back in March.

Despite reporting the incident in dozens of calls to the district, DISD police and Dallas police, they claim they've heard nothing.

DISD said it's still investigating, but in the meantime, will take the dad to court next week because he kept his daughter out of school while waiting for an answer to his complaint.

There has to be a better way to handle this.

The accused district worker has the right to a full and fair investigation -- even a false complaint can sometimes be a career-ender.

But what parent, believing their child to have been abused, returns them to a place of potential danger without a resolution from investigators?

It's summer. At the very least, the truancy proceedings should be put on hold until the district can complete its investigation and if necessary, take action.

It seems that's all the family wants: a decision on their complaint, before deciding whether sending their daughter back means more education, or another journey in harm's way.

Send me your thoughts at jmccaa@wfaa.com.

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