School Counselor Faces Charges For Not Reporting Child Abuse Quickly Enough

BY: - 17 Jan '14 | On the Web

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Cynthia Stamps-Jones, a school counselor at an elementary school in Clayton county Georgia, faces charges for allegedly not taking the appropriate steps to report the abuse of a 5-year-old student.

Reportedly, Stamps-Jones made several attempts to contact the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) but was never able to reach someone because the phone was never picked up.  Also, according to Channel 2 Action News, the educator and Riverdale councilwoman informed her superiors at work and the school board office about the abuse.  Despite her efforts, she was arrested last Friday.

Keith Martin, the attorney representing Cynthia Stamps-Jones, says that his client tried to contact DFCS on the 8th and the 9th, and she ultimately called the police the morning of the 10th.   The school system says that Stamps-Jones needed to do more than call.

Although it may seem like Stamps-Jones tried to take the appropriate course of action, according to Georgia law she did not do enough because any signs of abuse must be reported within 24 hours.

Clayton county’s Board of Education is investigating the case to determine if someone amongst their supervisory staff fell short of doing what was required to report this case of abuse in a timely manner.

BMWK – do you feel the counselor did enough?  Are her superiors also responsible here? Why is she the only one being arrested?  What’s up with the Agency not answering the phones?

Featured Image: Courtesy of WSBTV – Channel 2 Action News.

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    1. Renee

      Well, call the police on the 8th – that’s just plain common sense. It should not take two or three days for her to figure that out. As mandated reporters we are taught to do just that because every second is critical to this child’s survival.

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6 Ways to Honor the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today

BY: - 20 Jan '14 | Headline

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Were it not for the countless contributions and sacrifices of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Black and Married With Kids would not exist. It is because of the sacrifices made by Dr. King and countless other civil rights leaders that we are able to use this platform to strengthen families within our community.

In honor of Dr. King, and all he did to fight for our civil rights, we want to take this opportunity to pay tribute to his legacy.  A husband and father of four, Dr. King dedicated his life to fighting for what he believed was right and to service.  That’s why we believe the best way to honor his legacy is by serving others.

Today is the national holiday that marks the observance of Dr. King’s birthday, and it is also the MLK Day of Service.  Not only should we take this day as an opportunity to reflect on Dr. King’s powerful legacy, but we should also view it as chance to reflect on how far we, as a people and a nation, have come and how much farther we need to go.

Here are a number of sites that can help you discover great opportunities for you and your family to serve. Dr. King once said,

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

We couldn’t agree more.  Let’s all remember what Dr. King stood for and take a moment to do what is right. 

United We Serve – A great site that makes it very easy to locate service opportunities simply by inputting your location and your interests. The site also offers toolkits to help you create your own service projects.

We Give Books – This program partners with a number of organizations and provides children across the world with an opportunity to read countless books – an opportunity they otherwise would not have.  Considering how much Dr. King valued an education, we think helping kids fall in love with reading is something that would make him proud.

NAACP – Becoming a member of the NAACP is a great way to remain connected to social justice issues, in your community and nationwide, which may need your support.  Joining allows you to serve your community on an ongoing basis.

Common Cents – Common Cents is a great organization because they focus on developing and implementing service projects for young people, and the organization was actually co-founded by a 4-year-old.

Global Giving  – If you don’t have a ton of time to dedicate to a service project at this point in your life consider Global Giving, a charity fundraising site that give you a chance to support non-profits and social entrepreneurs from across the world.

Volunteer Match – Another great site to help you match your interests and passions with causes that need your help in your area.

BMWK – how do you plan to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today?  What do you do to get your kids involved and to teach them about MLK Jr.’s legacy?

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