• Petitioning Missouri Senator Jolie Justus

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Attn: Charles Hatcher
Missouri Senator Jolie Justus
Missouri Governor
Missouri State Senate
Missouri State House

Protect Missouri Children: Change the current State law 160.261

    1. Susan Wolf
    2. Petition by

      Susan Wolf

      Blue Springs, MO

The current State law allows School Districts to investigate themselves when there is a reported case of abuse from a teacher or employee. The proposed amendment will require that all allegations of abuse will be investigated in the same manner regardless of the person or entity against whom the allegations have been raised against. The amendment will help to alleviate the conflict of interest created when School Districts conduct investigations on employees.

To:
Missouri Senator Jolie Justus, Attn: Charles Hatcher
Missouri Governor
Missouri State Senate
Missouri State House
Change the current State law 160.261 and protect MO children from abuse at school. The current State law allows School Districts to investigate themselves when there is a reported case of abuse from a teacher or employee. An amendment to this law will help alleviate the conflict of interest created when School Districts are allowed to conduct investigations of abuse internally on employees.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. NEW BILL BEING WRITTEN...NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

      Susan Wolf
      Petition Organizer

      Just got an email that the bill to change this law is being written up and will be presented at Jefferson City in the next session. Will have more information soon. Please share the petition again and help make the change that will protect children in MO. I'm sure there are friends, family and coworkers that can sign and share.

    2. Be an advocate and share :)

      Susan Wolf
      Petition Organizer

      Please help us get to 400! I know you have a spouse, family member, friend, co-worker or even a stranger that you can share the petition link with. What would you do if this happened to your child...be an advocate and help protect children in MO. Make a statement if you share link on facebook by letting others know that this will protect thousands of abused kids and it takes less than a minute to make a difference.

    3. Response from the Governor's office: Brianna Murphy Constituent Services

      Susan Wolf
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for your correspondence to Governor Jay Nixon. Your comments and concerns have been shared with staff.
      As your correspondence deals directly with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), we have forwarded your correspondence to the Commissioner's Office. We have asked them to look more closely into your concern.
      In addition, your correspondence suggests that you may be interested in seeing a change to the state's statutes. Since this would require legislative action, I recommend that you also contact your state senator or state representative. Proposed changes in state law first must be introduced as bills and considered by the Missouri General Assembly. If passed by the House and Senate, the legislation then goes to Governor Nixon's desk for review. If you are not sure who your legislators are, please go to the Missouri General Assembly's home page at http:www.moga.mo.gov and use the Member Lookup tool under Joint Information.

    4. Your voice matters- JEFFERSON CITY

      Susan Wolf
      Petition Organizer

      Going to Jefferson City this week! I will print off comment page and take to Jefferson City too. Please leave a comment or share your experience and it will be like you are there with me.

    5. Reached 250 signatures
    6. Thank you for the support

      Susan Wolf
      Petition Organizer

      We are almost to 200! I know we can reach the goal of 571 and show Representatives in Jeff City that we are the voice for every single child that was not protected in just one year. Please keep sharing and creating the ripple that will cause a change.

    7. Show your support

      Susan Wolf
      Petition Organizer

      You can also find updates and information on our facebook page at Jake's Law. Please like and share to show your support

    8. 41 Action News follow up story

      Susan Wolf
      Petition Organizer

      Children have to be protected against bullying, abuse, assault and battery from school employees. The laws should be in place to protect children and not the school district in reported cases of abuse.
      Every signature gives a voice to a child in MO and sends an email to a Senator and the Governor of MO. It takes less than a minute to sign and will help thousands of children in MO.

      Blue Springs mom drafts petition to close loophole in state child abuse law

      BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. - A Blue Springs, Mo., mom hopes a petition she has drafted will help close a loop-hole in state law that the 41 Action News Investigators first exposed last year. Susan Wolf learned about the loophole in 2012 when her son Jake was involved in an incident with his teacher.

    9. To every single hero that has signed and given our children a voice

      Susan Wolf
      Petition Organizer
    10. Reached 100 signatures
    11. Another disturbing case in MO and why this law must change

      Susan Wolf
      Petition Organizer
    12. Make a RIPPLE...

      Susan Wolf
      Petition Organizer

      All you need is an e-mail address to make a change. PLEASE HELP START A RIPPLE...I'm asking everyone that signs to get a friend or family member to sign and share too (the ripple). In one year there were 600 reports of abuse by a school employee in MO and only 29 were found to be cases of abuse. I can't believe that 571 children or parents would make false abuse reports, so my goal is to get at least 571 signatures for those families. I know many of you have a spouse, relative, friend or co-worker that can help reach the goal.

    13. Message to Governor Jay Nixon

      Susan Wolf
      Petition Organizer

      I'm including links to the news story about my son Jake and and the petition started to change the current State law 160.261 and protect MO children from abuse at school. The current State law allows School Districts to investigate themselves when there is a reported case of abuse from a teacher or employee. An amendment to this law will help alleviate the conflict of interest created when School Districts are allowed to conduct investigations of abuse internally on employees.
      Jake is still suffering from the abuse caused by his special education teacher and I have lost trust in the School Districts and MO laws that allow other children to be at risk.
      The recent change you made to this law with the, Safe Haven Act, gives me hope that other changes can be made to protect MO children.
      Sincerely,
      Susan Wolf

    14. PLEASE SHARE- more signatures means a greater chance to make the change

      Susan Wolf
      Petition Organizer

      It's even easier to share...Tell people they can sign and share on facebook at Jake's Law

    15. Corrections to 41 Action News story

      Susan Wolf
      Petition Organizer

      The mark on his head was on the front (rug burn from being pushed into carpet) and we are taking legal action.

    16. Reached 50 signatures
    17. News story from 41 Action News...trouble with video posted at top of page

      Susan Wolf
      Petition Organizer
      Blue Springs mother outraged school district allowed to investigate alleged abuse internally

      BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. - Should a Missouri state law that allows school districts to internally investigate child abuse allegations against educators be changed? One Blue Springs family is questioning whether the current law allowing school districts to do just that serves the best interest of children in the Show-Me State.

    18. McCaskill's reponse cont.

      Susan Wolf
      Petition Organizer

      or any other issue.

      Sincerely,

      Claire McCaskill
      United States Senator

      P.S. If you would like more information about resources that can help Missourians, or what I am doing in the Senate on your behalf, please sign up for my email newsletter at http://mccaskill.senate.gov.

    19. McCaskill's response cont.

      Susan Wolf
      Petition Organizer

      Education Special Education Compliance Division is charged with enforcing the rights of students with disabilities to a free and appropriate education in Missouri's public schools. In accordance with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), parents of students with disabilities and their schools work together to craft appropriate Individualized Education Plans. If parents and schools cannot agree on an appropriate plan, or if a school does not adhere to an agreed-upon plan, parents may appeal to the DESE Compliance Division. You may find out more about the DESE Compliance Division at http://dese.mo.gov/se/compliance/ or by calling (573) 751-0699.

      I hope that this information is helpful to you. As your U.S. Senator, I continue to support legislation which protects the rights, health, and safety of Missouri's students.

      Again, thank you for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance to you on this

      Compliance Homepage

      RESOURCES FOR K-12 EDUCATORS AND PARENTS in the state of Missouri

    20. McCaskill's response cont.

      Susan Wolf
      Petition Organizer

      violation in a timely fashion. You may find contact information for your local district's administrators at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website at: http://dese.mo.gov/directory/

      If a student's complaint cannot be resolved at the local level, the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) may have jurisdiction to investigate the complaint. The OCR is responsible for enforcing laws against discrimination in public schools based on race, color, nationality, religion, age, disability or gender. The OCR also works with schools to prevent future civil rights violations. Interested parents or students should visit the OCR's website at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html or call the OCR's Missouri office at (816) 268-0550 for further information regarding students' rights in schools and the OCR's investigation of complaints.

      Supplementing the work of the OCR, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary

      School Directory Homepage

      RESOURCES FOR K-12 EDUCATORS AND PARENTS in the state of Missouri

    21. Senator McCaskils response

      Susan Wolf
      Petition Organizer

      March 13, 2013
      Dear Ms. Wolf,
      Thank you for contacting me regarding protection against discrimination for students at public elementary and secondary schools. I appreciate hearing from you, and I welcome the opportunity to respond.
      Students deserve a safe, healthy, and discrimination-free educational environment. Several federal and state-level laws have reinforced that principle by outlawing discrimination, harassment, and other adverse action against students by their schools on the basis of race, color, nationality, religion, age, disability, or gender.
      If a student experiences discrimination or another violation of his or her civil rights at the hands of public school classmates, educators or administrators, the student or the student's family may wish to report the violation to his or her teacher, principal, and local district's board of directors (or "school board"). These authorities would be in the best position to investigate and address a reported civil rights

    22. Statistics for 2011. Called for 2012 statistics.

      Susan Wolf
      Petition Organizer
    23. Reached 25 signatures
    24. Alopecia caused by stress in children?

      Susan Wolf
      Petition Organizer
      The Belgravia Centre

      A growing number of children are experiencing hair loss, according to recent media hype. It's not all that surprising either considering that along with genetics, stress is the main instigator of alopecia areata and that an estimated one in five children experience some form of mental health problem.

    25. DID YOU KNOW: Spanking by teachers is legal in MO

      Susan Wolf
      Petition Organizer

      This is the petition I'm starting to make a change on the current MO law that allows School Districts to investigate themselves, which is a conflict of interest and can put more children at risk for abuse at school. Please pass on to friends and family that live in MO. The proposed law change also includes the removal of spanking from School staff on our children...YES, that is still part of the CURRENT MO law.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • about 1 month ago

      We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today. ~Stacia Tauscher

      You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance. ~Franklin P. Jones

      Children make your life important. ~Erma Bombeck

      In a dark moment I ask, "How can anyone bring a child into this world?" And the answer rings clear, "Because there is no other world, and because the child has no other way into it." ~Robert Brault,

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    • christine taylor JEFFERSON CITY, MO
      • 3 months ago

      Any law that will protect our children deserves our time and attention . I am passionate about protecting our children on any level !

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    • Star Breckley HOPEWELL, VA
      • 6 months ago

      Child abuse is wrong in any form.

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    • Jamie Bachman ST. JOSEPH, MO
      • 6 months ago

      A school district should not be allowed to investigate allegations of this nature on their own from within. It's a simple accountability measure that might help give a voice to those who cannot speak.

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    • Debby Stewart JOPLIN, MO
      • 7 months ago

      My son and children/families I have worked with have been abused at the hands of educators and the districts were allowed to investigate themselves. Nothing became of the investigation and the abuse needs to stop.

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