Push for legislation closing private school abuse loophole

January 22, 2018 06:57 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - State lawmakers and a law enforcer from Buffalo are pushing for changes in the laws relating to the reporting of child abuse following allegations of decades of inappropriate behavior by faculty at one of the city's most prestigious high schools.
Senate Democrats joined Erie County District Attorney John Flynn in Albany Monday to support legislation that would require private schools to report child abuse allegations in an educational setting to police.
Buffalo's Nichols School announced this month that an investigation initiated by the private school found that 10 former teachers had improper relationships with students dating back to the 1970s.
Current law requires public school administrators to report a school employee's inappropriate behavior with students to authorities immediately. That law doesn't apply to private schools. Lawmakers say their bill will close that loophole.

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