NBC Miami has reported that a Miami-Dade County high school teacher was arrested for making sexual advances on a student at Felix Varela Senior High School located at 15255 SW 96th St, Miami, FL 33196.
On January 28, 2022, a student reported that 40-year-old Andy Barbosa-Morell inappropriately grabbed her hair, touched her leg, and asked for a kiss. The student said that the advances made her "creeped out." Many of the classmates corroborated the events and even stated that the teacher often touched her hair and has made other students uncomfortable.
Barbosa-Morell was arrested on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. He faces two counts, including child abuse and offenses against a student by an authority figure.
Attorney contributor Michael Haggard represents school sex assault victims and their families in civil lawsuits. As an experienced school abuse attorney, Michael has shared his insight regarding the different ways victims sexually assaulted by a high school teacher can get justice.
"School districts and school authorities have a common law duty to protect the safety of their students while in their care. One way to protect their students from preventable dangers like abuse is to screen all teacher candidates. Security sweeps, surveillance cameras, and on-campus resource officers also aid in the prevention of many dangers. If a school fails to uphold its commitment to keep their students safe, they can be held accountable."
"Furthermore, if a school neglects a proper safety protocol, they can allow predators to gain positions of trust, such as teachers and coaches. When predators are allowed to work so closely with children, they can easily use their power to exploit children. All reports of misconduct should be investigated. Neglecting to make official reports when a school is aware of allegations can allow further incidents of abuse."
"Victims and their families can go over their legal rights with an experienced school abuse attorney. The compassionate guidance can help them get the justice they rightly deserve."