The Manatee County School Board voted unanimously on Monday night to suspend three high school administrators without pay for their alleged role in the Manatee High School sexual abuse scandal involving assistant football coach Roderick Frazier.
Prior to the meeting, two other employees associated with the scandal, former district staff attorney Scott Martin and former district internal investigator Debra Horne, submitted their resignations, the Bradenton Times reported.
Rod Frazier, a now-former Manatee football coach, is charged with seven counts of misdemeanor sexual battery for allegedly engaging in inappropriate sexual conduct with a female student.
Four of the high-ranking administrators implicated in the Frazier investigation are facing felony criminal charges for failing to report the abuse to law enforcement.
Historically, state laws requiring people who work closely with children to report sexual abuse have largely gone unenforced.
As I mentioned in a post last week, many of the civil lawsuits I file on behalf of sexual abuse victims regularly allege that workers failed to report abuse, but were never investigated or charged for breaking the law.
Thankfully, it seems that some institutions and law enforcement agencies are beginning to understand that the best way to protect children in the future is to hold predators—and the institutions or individuals who protected the predator—accountable.