According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, a substitute teacher at the Alternative School at Bookbinder has been charged with sexual assault.
Kameelah Kareem, 41-years-old, was charged for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old student. In addition to sexual assault, Kareem has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child. The investigation began after authorities discovered Kareem had assaulted a student multiple times during the 2019-20 school year.
Kareem was arrested, taken into custody, and released after her hearing. No other details have been released.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent has represented numerous victims of sexual abuse in civil lawsuits. Below are Brian's thoughts on the legal options available to victims who a school employee has sexually abused:
"Schools must provide a safe environment to students and try their best to protect them. Sadly, across the country, predators target schools and attempt to place themselves in positions of power. These predators exploit their power to abuse students they are meant to keep safe. When a teacher sexually abuses a student, both the teacher and negligent third parties must be prosecuted."
"If schools fail to ensure the safety of students through ample security measures, the school and the administration may be considered negligent. Some cases of sexual abuse only occur as a result of negligence by the school. An example of negligence is ignoring previous sexual misconduct complaints. In cases of negligence, victims of sex abuse and their families may have grounds for a civil lawsuit."