Mayoral Candidatecalls latest news reports about predatory sexual behavior among students with disabilities in Chicago Public Schools disturbing, calls on CPS to tighten controls
On the heels of the Chicago Tribune’s reporting on predatory adults in its “Betrayed” series, we have now learned about some disturbing cases of student-on-student sexual attacks, in which CPS students were also violated by classmates. We are saddened to learn that students with disabilities are both perpetrators and victims, yet what is most alarming about these reports is the on-going and repeated failure of CPS personnel to keep these students safe. We urge the monitor of the Illinois State Board of Education to first of all, ensure there is an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all children with disabilities, as is required by law; second that the plan includes a safety element for each child; and third that there are specific plans of action to execute each IEP with properly named personnel, and back-up personnel in case of absences, to ensure that each IEP is adhered to.
Finally, we urge CPS to include a special unit in its new “Office of Student Protections and Title IX, created to protect children from sexual assault, focused on the safety of children with disabilities.
Statement attributable to, candidate for Mayor of the City of Chicago
July 27, 2018