By law, ANYONE in a position of authority MUST report child abuse directly. Not the principal, not the parents. The teachers. Their teaching certificates should be taken away if they are found guilty of a cover up. This private school should be fined, if these are proven to be facts.
What a criminal story. Blaming the victim by covering it up. In some instances, the child is not telling the truth (stories abound of false accusations), but in many instances, when a child discloses, the adults do not believe him/her. It is not a teacher or principal's job to determine if the accusations are true. It is up to child protection agencies to do the work. In this case, according to the Globe, there was no disputing of the facts, but there was a cover up.
If a child discloses, remain calm, do not overreact, reassure them, listen and report the incident immediately. (CLEOnet.ca)
This sets us back 30 years. Canadian authorities have learned so much about reporting child abuse, and ensuring that such a thing never happens again. I hope the truth comes out.
The teacher, the administrators need to report these incidents to the authorities. What a breach of trust. The victim will need counselling and those who witnessed the incident (whether they participated directly or not) can suffer PTSD consequences, as well. The gang that perpetrated this alleged crime, are at risk for reoffending. This type of incident desensitizes the perpetrators, which is partly why statistics show that victims often become abusers themselves. You live what you learn - whether it be physical, social, emotional or sexual abuse.