It's The Law
|A lot of folks including
myself were surprised with the story of the
Lenoir City teacher who was charged with failing to report child
abuse. Seemed a harsh punishment. But the law is the law. Tennessee law
is very clear on the matter.
(a) Any person who knowingly fails to make a report required by § 37-1-403 commits a Class A misdemeanor
As you can see, the law is very serious about the reporting of child abuse as it should be. The case of the teacher's failure to report can be a valuable lesson for all of us. When it comes to child abuse, we should always err on the side of caution for the child's sake.
For more information on the laws pertaining to child abuse or to report suspected abuse you can visit the Tennessee web site below.