No ethics violation where possible abuse reported within twenty-four hours.

Topic: Educators, Decided by: Judge Schroer 
Docket Number: 1452071 , Decision Date: October 18, 2014 
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Petitioner, a kindergarten teacher, did not alert her superiors after she noticed redness on a student’s arm and the student reported being spanked by her mother.  However, Petitioner reported to a counselor that there was a small bruise on the student’s arm the following morning.  Petitioner’s conduct did not breach the Code of Ethics for Educators inasmuch as she had reported the possible abuse within twenty-four hours and there was no evidence that her observations of the student would have led a reasonable person to believe that the student had been abused.

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