Islamic School Rape Shows Florida Voucher System to Be Void of Accountability and Oversight


They knew and did nothing.

If the assertions in the lawsuit filed by the families of the two young girls are true, the Florida Islamic School which participates in the taxpayer-funded McKay Scholarship program and the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program knew of the abuse in 2008.  From CBS Miami reporter Ted Scouten:

“There was significant sexual abuse, intercourse and other inappropriate behavior such that one of the students had to have substantial surgical repair of that (private) area. It’s horrific,” said attorney Scott Mager.

“The idea that they didn’t know about this is preposterous,” said Mager.

The attorneys allege Nur-Ul-Islam Academy officials knew of Ahmed’s illegal conduct for years  and did nothing until now.

“They knew in 2008. What do they do? Absolutely nothing, expect accuse the kid of doing it. What do they do, they blame, they cover up, they don’t tell the parents,” Mager said.

If true, questions will need to be answered by school officials. Why did the feel they could ignore such a horrific incident which was occurring within their building. Whatever the outcome, the incident has unmasked fatal flaws in schools which participate in Florida’s voucher systems. The state is not providing oversight, parents have no local recourse and school officials aren’t subject to the same professional standards as are public school professionals.

 

About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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