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Training Program Helps Teachers Spot Abuse and Assault

Training Program Helps Teacher Spot Abuse and Assault

At Taos Municipal Schools in New Mexico, hundreds of teachers packed themselves on bleachers in the middle school to undergo training on how to spot sexual abuse and assault in schools. 

While all licensed school employees are already supposed to report suspicions of assault, abuse, or neglect, a new law, Erin's Law, specifies that school employees receive training, said The Taos News. Erin's Law also requires health curriculum to include sexual abuse awareness and prevention training. 

Sarah Martinez, prevention director of Community Against Violence said teachers are vital players when it comes to identifying abuse. Lt. Educardo Martinez of New Mexico State Police was also present during the training. He said law enforcement relies on teachers and other school staff for their "personal and professional expertise." Teachers, he said, are often the first to notice changes in the habits of their students. 

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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