Reporting issues may be in play in teacher touching case
SARASOTA COUNTY - The arrest of Brookside Middle School teacher Maxwell Guss on charges of inappropriately touching students is raising questions about the reporting, or lack thereof, of the incidents by school administrators.
At issue is when administration knew about the accusations, and what actions they took, if any. According to the Herald Tribune, it might be that principal Matthew Gruhl and assistant principal Amanda Rojas violated state law by not reporting the accusations to DCF, which is mandatory. It is then in the hands of state investigators. The only obligation for administrators is to call the state hotline if it is any type of abuse is suspected.
According to a School Resource Officer, a DCF investigator, and several students, the school allegedly did not take state–mandated action when learning of complaints and even took measures that everything stayed under wraps.
That school resource officer, Kimberly Whyley, filed a discrimination report in which she claims she was told to keep quiet about the accusations students had made to her.