The real fact is that most teachers who are the subject of "allegations" are innocent.
We leap to the defence of "abused" children - but we forget that children tell lies.
I know that for a fact.
Fifteen years ago, I drove a school bus and I tried to be friendly with the kids.
One eleven-year-old girl didn't have a father and in a small way I tried to be one to her while we were on the bus, looking at her work and being interested in what had happened at school.
Another boy whom I had reprimanded numerous times for bad behaviour told the teacher the girl was in love with me.
It was bad enough that I was interviewed, but the police went to her home and interrogated her in front of her parents.
I still feel bad at the embarrassment and damage this must have caused to her young mind.
What happened to the boy?
I'd had enough and I left.
I have never worked with children again, and I never will.
Anyone who does in this paranoid society is looking for trouble.
( John of Cairns - details below )
Editor's Comment : I had a similar experience.
I had arranged an excursion for three classes.
The bus company made a mistake and sent a bus that was too small.
I had to drive three Grade 7 boys to town in my car.
The boy who sat in the front seat next to me talked the whole way to town.
He told me that he had been kept down a year.
His dad was in the navy.
So his mother was on her own.
He told me what his dad thought about him being kept down.
He did not stop talking.
On the drive back to school that afternoon, he told me that the other two boys had been teasing him about the way that he had talked to me non-stop.
I took a quiet interest in this boy from then on - I gave him a part in an Indonesian play that I was producing.
I thought that a boy like him would have few good memories of school, and I thought that the play would be a happy memory for him.
He was not a brilliant student, but the part suited him really well and he did a good job.
We performed the play for the public in City Place.
After watching the play, his mother confronted me very aggressively.
You would think that this mother would be grateful that I had given her son a part in the play, but no.
Some months later she confronted me again.
This time she was angry because she thought that I had put her son on detention.
It had not happened.
But the mother continued to rage at me and refused to listen.
I wondered if her son had been talking about me at home and if she had become jealous.
To the best of my knowledge, this was the only parent at the school who ever complained about me.
But her complaints concerning me were the end of my career.
When you take an interest in a child who has problems, it is risky.
A problem child may have problem parents.
And you may be attacked.
But if you don't take an interest in the child you feel that you are not doing the "right thing" by the child.
John of Cairns, Reader's comment 33 of 39, S-xual misconduct by Queensland teachers exposed, Alison Sandy and Tanya Chilcott, The Courier-Mail, 23 March 2010.