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Nov
26
2013
Sarah Odegaard | 4:33 PM          
Two New Lawsuits Filed Against Bemidji School District: A Lesson Plan in Child Safety

An important lesson plan: our schools need to be safe for our children, not a safe haven for child predators. Bemidji School District was named in two lawsuits filed yesterday in Beltrami County on behalf of two more survivors who were sexually abused by former hockey coach and physical education teacher, John Wangberg, at Central Elementary School.  We now represent five children who have filed lawsuits claiming the school was negligent in allowing Wangberg continued access to children despite receiving reports of inappropriate behavior with minors as early as 2008. Wangberg taught ...

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Jun
11
2013
Sarah Odegaard | 4:40 PM          
Yet Another School Fails to Protect a Child: Robbinsdale Cooper High Employee Charged with Sexually Abusing Minor Student

We are saddened and disheartened to hear news of yet another situation of a failure of a school to protect its children. The news today that Tajreed E. Rich, a hall monitor and coach at Robbinsdale Cooper High School, who had also worked as a volunteer cheerleading coach at North High School, was charged with third degree criminal sexual assault of a minor is alarming and tragically familiar.  School districts and their employees need to be better trained in child protection and prevention of abuse to ensure the safety of our kids at school. We urge Cooper High School, North High School...

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Mar
13
2013
Sarah Odegaard | 2:03 PM          
Visiting Columbian priest arrested in Diocese of Stockton

We are once again saddened and alarmed to learn of the news of the arrest of a visiting priest from Colombia working in the Diocese of Stockton for child sexual abuse.  Time will tell what was known of Rev. Guarin-Sosa’s history and safety in working with children.  What is known to us already is that numerous priests have been transferred globally with the aid of the catholic hierarchy after being credibly accused of abusing children. Fr. Nicolas Aguilar is just one example. Aguilar abused kids in Mexico and then was shipped to Los Angeles, where he abused at least 26 other kids, before being sent ba...

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