Many Kaitaia parents will be hurting over the offending of a trusted teacher who sexually assaulted a dozen boys, a resident says.
James Parker, 37, appeared in Kaitaia District Court this morning where he pleaded guilty to 49 charges involving indecent assault and sexual connection with children aged 12 - 16, and committing indecent acts and sexual assault on boys under 12.
Parker was deputy principal at Pamapuria School in Kaitaia at the time of the offending, which happened from November 2005 to as recently as last month.
I wonder how many boys over the age of 16 there were, that they couldn't get him on?
And then there's another one:
People "looked the other way" and allowed a convicted paedophile to work among children at six different schools over six years, a ministerial inquiry has found.
The report into the case of Te Rito Henry Miki, led by former ombudsman Mel Smith, was released yesterday.
It found "several factors" besides Miki's "personal duplicity" had allowed his "relatively easy entry to teaching positions" despite dozens of criminal convictions, including for an indecent assault on a 14-year-old boy.
Education Minister Hekia Parata insisted "system failures rather than people failures" were to blame.
But Mr Smith last night said there were "both system failings and human failings" in the case.
"I identified the systems failings, the human failings and then provided opportunities to rectify those," he said.
"There were people who knew his background and looked the other way."
Surely those people who looked the other way should be guilty of negligence or exposed children to harm? His indecent assault on a 14 year old boy doesn't make him a paedophile, either - he's a pederast.
I also heard on National Radio this morning (Maori news or something) that the schools were so short of Maori teachers that that was the reason he was hired. Hmmm, Maori language and culture beats protecting children from pederasts??
You know what I'm thinking - if these teachers were in the Catholic Church, then the pitchforks would be out. So, while people are upset, they're not calling for schools in NZ to be closed and those who knew about these teachers to be prosecuted.
Maybe in twenty years all these people that enabled these two to gain access to children will be called to account, but somehow, I don't think so.
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