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January 23, 2013

Lawsuit Aims To Force NY State To Make Private Religious Schools Take The Same Child Safety Measures Public Schools Must Take By Law

Alleged victimA Long Island student and her father have filed a lawsuit against the New York State, the State Assembly and its Speaker Sheldon Silver, and other elected officials (including include two presidents pro tem of the New York State Senate), claiming that the lawmakers’ decision to exempt private schools from child protection laws that govern New York’s public schools is a violation of the civil rights of private school students.

 

Lawsuit Aims To Force NY State To Make Private Religious Schools Take The Same Child Safety Measures Public Schools Must Take By Law
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com

A Long Island student and her father have filed a lawsuit against the New York State, the State Assembly and its Speaker Sheldon Silver, and other elected officials (including include two presidents pro tem of the New York State Senate), claiming that the lawmakers’ decision to exempt private schools from child protection laws that govern New York’s public schools is a violation of the civil rights of private school students.

Levi v. New York State was filed Friday in Manhattan Federal Court. The student attends a Nassau County yeshiva.

“No one was attacked or assaulted here. This lawsuit has nothing to do with curriculums.  It is limited to child safety and health laws and about making our religious schools safer for our children,” the plaintiffs’ attorney Elliot Pasik, who is also the and president and founder of the Jewish Board of Advocates for Children, reportedly said. 

By not governing private religious schools under the same child safety and health regulations as public schools, the student plaintiff’s Constitutional rights guaranteed under the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause and under the First Amendment’s Free Exercise and Establishment Clause are violated, compelling the student to receive her education in a potentially hazardous environment in order to attend a school that allows her to freely practice her religion, the civil complaint reportedly claims.

Citing the Leiby Kletzky murder, the complaint reportedly claims that extensive attention has been directed to improving child safety legislation, particularly in non-public schools. Kletzky, an 8-year-old yeshiva student and day camper, was abducted, murdered and dismembered by fellow Brooklyn resident Levi Aron in 2011.

The plaintiffs want private religious schools to educate students in abduction prevention, to fingerprint and run criminal background checks of all employees, and to report any and all child abuse that takes place in an educational setting – all things public schools are currently required by law to do.

[Hat Tip: Seymour.]

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Maybe this explains the ease and impunity with which not only Haredi pedophiles but also those of other religions have perpetrated their outrages all these years - there are no requirements that schools protect the kids. This is absolutely incredible to me; it says much, none of it good, about the kind of society the legislators of New York State envision for its children. To the extent that a society is judged on how it protects the poor, the young and the weak then New York State has to be considered at the bottom of the proverbial heap. I wonder how that statute is worded so as to exempt these religious schools? Anyone know?

How dare they!
Treating ehrliche yidden like everyone else is anti-Semitism! It's worse than the Nazis! Oy! Nebech in galus! We need Moshiach now!

Not to mention smoke detectors, fire alarm, fire sprinkler, emergency lighting and general compliance with building codes.

Hooray for them!Whatcha gonna do now, Shelley?

he should have included Agudath Israel and the church the major forces who are opposed to finger printing and background checks in religious schools

Sheldon silver is a orthodox Jewish political slime bucket from the lower east side of Manhatten.

Well connected into the. Community.

I just posted this over on VIN:

"The plaintiffs want private religious schools to educate students in abduction prevention, to fingerprint and run criminal background checks of all employees, and to report any and all child abuse that takes place in an educational setting – all things public schools are currently required by law to do."

I believe the reason Shelly avoided the private schools is because some of his constituency did not want "... criminal background checks of all employees and to report any and all child abuse that takes place in an educational setting..." mandated in their schools. Heck, look at the outpouring of outrage at the Markey bill, a bill designed to protect children but it never passed due to private school pressure.

When a community cares not for its children, its future is doomed. Sad. Luke.

I would like to see some of the ex-students of these charedi "schools" sue them for failing to give them an education appropriate for making them employable.

"The plaintiffs want private religious schools to educate students in abduction prevention,..."

What about teaching the students English, math and science?

About time.


"Aims To Force NY State To Make Private Religious Schools Take The Same Child Safety Measures Public Schools Must Take By Law"

The law was designed for the majority (as below) not for religious schools where there is a Negligible cases of this sort! read on:


“Here in the United States, where there is a reported rape every 6.2 minutes, and one in five women will be raped in her lifetime”

“though a rape is reported only every 6.2 minutes in this country, the estimated total is perhaps five times as high. Which means that there may be very nearly a rape a minute in the U.S. It all adds up to tens of millions of rape victims.”

“Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta estimated that there were 19,000 sexual assaults on fellow soldiers in 2010 alone and that the great majority of assailants got away with it”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rebecca-solnit/violence-against-women_b_2541940.html

By: Rebecca Solnit

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