Neb. school officials avoid charges in abuse case

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 7, 2012 at 5:22 pm •  Published: December 7, 2012
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School officials told investigators that they conducted their own investigation and determined that the accusations were unfounded.

State law requires teachers, administrators, medical professionals and others in positions of authority to report cases of suspected child abuse or neglect to law enforcement.

"In retrospect, perhaps the school should have forwarded all information and allegations to law enforcement and/or the Department of Health and Human Services," Lindemeier and Harling said in a joint written statement. "In the future, the school is committed to revising necessary policies and/or procedures to aid school officials in understanding when and where to report."

The school's staff will undergo training by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and the Lincoln County Attorney's Office, among other entities. The school board also will implement more strict policies regarding the reporting of suspected student abuse or neglect, the statement said.

"It's really an overall effort to educate the teachers and administrators and other staff members about the reporting requirements so people understand what needs to be done," Lindemeier said Friday.

Lindemeier said he wasn't aware of any lawsuits that may have been filed about the alleged attack, and he said none of the students involved have transferred to other schools. One student graduated.

"It's our hope that this is the end of it," Lindemeier said. "Maxwell is a small community, and it's really been upset by what's been going on. There's been some division, and so our hope is that we can get people back to ... supporting the school and its staff and get this behind everyone."

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