Charlottesville City Schools have an unacknowledged sex problem.
Last week’s child-pornography-related charges against Venable Elementary School teacher, Corey Schock, have shocked many in the Charlottesville community, but they should not have. His alleged offenses follow a lineage of predator predecessors, all of whose crimes Charlottesville City Schools have attempted to obfuscate or conceal.
Most recently, there was the case of Darrell Eugene Farley—a nearly 10-year bus driver for Charlottesville City Schools—who was convicted of several felony sex charges involving children. The division did not publicly acknowledge the arrest or conviction of Mr. Farley, nor did it solicit concerns of parents whose students for years encountered Farley daily in his official duties. Notably, the Daily Progress acted as an accomplice in the City schools’ cover up by refusing to run the Farley story.
In 2012, The Hook reported inappropriate sexual acts on the grounds of Walker Upper Elementary School by a teacher who was employed there. The teacher resigned from her position following administration discovery of graphic images portraying an in-school dalliance. Questioned by a Hook reporter, Charlottesville City Schools’ then-spokesperson, Cass Cannon, refused to release details of the Walker sexcapades, and the story was not covered by other media.
Then there was the sad case of Jonathan Spivey. In 2007 Spivey went to prison for engaging in sex acts with male students at Charlottesville High School—where he had taught music for decades. Student-reported sexual allegations against Mr. Spivey long predated the 2007 conviction, though. Predictably, the Charlottesville education and law enforcement establishments routinely obviated those charges, and the alleged victims eventually capitulated.
Through all of these events, and likely many undisclosed others, Charlottesville City Schools has not learned its lesson.
Charlottesville Superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins’ pitifully uncoupled statement on Schock’s arrest leaves much to be desired:
“We are saddened by this turn of events, but our first priority will be on our students, teachers, and community. Each day, we are aware of the tremendous responsibility to care for and teach our students. We take that responsibility very seriously.”
A press release from the City schools perhaps is worse, calling Schock’s arrest “a sensitive story in the life of our community.”
More truthfully, the story is a symptom of sexual sickness woven into the fabric of Charlottesville City Schools. And students are being directly and indirectly damaged by the administration’s lack of affirmative action in dealing with the division’s underlying, anything-goes (until it’s exposed) sex culture. Until the disease is acknowledged it cannot be treated. And until it is treated, it cannot be cured.
Beware, parents of Charlottesville schoolchildren: sexual predators are lurking.