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The problem lies with the cases which aren't as clear, where the teacher might suspect something is wrong, but have no real knowledge.
I remember a year back or so, there was a proposal here in Denmark to make teachers responsible for asking questions about it and possible having a talk with the family if they suspected something was wrong at home, as in possible abuse.
That's not what teachers are trained to do and not in their job description. They're not trained social workers and we have to be careful in not making them responsible for something, which they cannot know or have no training in dealing with.
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The teacher should be punished, its against the law.
What is the legal age of consent in this scenario?
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the kid has to come out and admit the abuse for the teacher to be obligated under the law to say something. he doesn't HAVE to go on an assumption or a suspicision, only a certainty.
First, if it's the law, and the teacher broke it, then it's self-explanatory that the teacher is liable for the consequences. Laws aren't suggestions or personal pleas.
Second, it's a good law IMO. Primary and secondary school teachers, when acting in their professional capacity given basic education is required by law, have the legal responsibility and control of the children in their charge under the in loco parentis doctrine.
In loco parentis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaThe term in loco parentis, Latin for "in the place of a parent" or "instead of a parent," refers to the legal responsibility of a person or organization to take on some of the functions and responsibilities of a parent. Originally derived from British common law, it is applied in two separate areas of the law.
First, it allows institutions such as colleges and schools to act in the best interests of the students as they see fit, although not allowing what would be considered violations of the students' civil liberties. . . .
Given their responsibility for the children, it should expected of teachers that they'd report anything amiss with a child in their care and custody that involves criminal misconducts being committed upon them.
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There is a slight difference between the real life scenario and your's, in your scenario the boy tells the teacher it is an older man, in the real life scenario, he does not, despite every article I've looked at saying he did. Listen to the audio yourself. My sound quality on my laptop stinks, perhaps someone can direct me to the mark where he says the boy told him it was an older man.