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Parents, warn your kids about creeps

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Maybe there’s something in the air or in the water. Who knows why creeps who molest children in schools are suddenly being caught?

First, there’s the teacher — now former teacher — in Los Angeles who is suspected of having sexually molested more than 20 children. Then, a teacher at a Clovis elementary school gets caught forcing a young student to perform prurient acts. Maybe it’s the result of a disease they catch from Internet pornography.

Even in ordinarily quiet Chowchilla it has happened. Fortunately, the kids who were about to be victimized knew what to do and prevented it. Here is what occurred:

Three school girls were walking home together when a car with two boys in it pulled up beside them.

The boys said something to the effect of “Hey, kids, come on over here. We’ve got some candy to give you.”

Fortunately, the girls had been taught well by their parents. They screamed while one of the girls called her mother on a cellphone she was carrying.

The slime balls drove off in haste.

Eventually, the police arrived, but claimed there was nothing to be done.

Evil had stopped to say hello, but actually hadn’t done anything but stink up the neighborhood. These particular parents, and presumably the girls’ teachers, had done a good job of teaching them how to recognize bad behavior on the part of bad adults, and had told them what to do to keep themselves from being victimized. This story, thankfully, has a happy ending.

But others, obviously, have not. Parents and teachers need to be particularly vigilant, and not be afraid to tell their children about inappropriate touching, about inappropriate invitations and about the difference between right and wrong.

Trying to shelter kids from the truth about molestation in and around schools may not be the best path to take.


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