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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Discussion

  • Jeny Sy

    What more could she have possibly done?

    • 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.

      • Anonymous

        What Renee said

      • Anonymous

        What good does reporting do? If a child is genuinely being abused, nothing is ever done anyway.

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