Atlantic City Has Not Addressed Student Abuse & Sexual Assaults
With the recent revelation that an Atlantic City High School student was (allegedly) sexually assaulted almost one year ago … we must readdress because the Atlantic City Public Schools system has not addressed serious issues involving the abuse and sexual exploitation of children, who are students within the Atlantic City Public Schools system.
Will Reynolds, the Atlantic County Prosecutor has approved for criminal charges to be filed in the alleged sexual assault of an Atlantic City High School student last year.
Here is a link to our recent coverage about this serious incident:
We are revisiting this now - in the interest of the public and the children of Atlantic City - because according to a 20-plus year Atlantic City Board of Education Member, John Devlin … the Atlantic City Public Schools, Superintendent La’Quetta Small and the Atlantic City Board of Education have not taken any action whatsoever to address issues related to exploitation and sexual abuse of children attending the Atlantic City Public Schools.
Devlin has confirmed disturbing details that its been more than a year and the Atlantic City Public Schools have failed to implement:
- Training programs.
- specific sensitivity training.
- no accountability regarding previous incidents.
- failure to answer if there are more victims.
- no tips telephone hotlines.
- no social workers to help victims.
- no policy changes whatsoever.
This dates back to at least the Kayan Frazier era, when he was a Substitute Teacher within the Atlantic City Public Schools.
Frazier is a cousin of La’Quetta Small. Small is the current Atlantic City Superintendent of Public Schools. La’Quetta Small is married to Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small.
Many people believe that this direct, personal, familial relationship is at the root cause as to why both Atlantic City Mayor Marty and La’Quetta Small have failed to take responsible, corrective action to protect students from this threat.
La’Quetta Small has recently rehired the immediate past Superintendent Barry Caldwell as Acting Director of Operations at $ 600 per-day.
Caldwell was also not effective in his approach regarding this serious issue.
Devlin and others have been critical of The Small’s for their perceived lack of a sense of urgency regarding Frazier’s actions.
Frazier has previously pled guilty in federal court
(February 2021) to:
- One (1) count of child exploitation involving
sexual abuse and child pornography.
Frazier was sentenced to 20 years, plus one
month in federal prison.
Devlin also advised that when he was President of the Atlantic City Board of Education, he ordered a wide-ranging investigation into Frazier from several fronts.
First, Devlin wanted a thorough investigation into exactly what, where and when Frazier exploited and sexually abused “Minor Child # 1 … and, to determine if other children were exploited and sexually abused.
Devlin also wanted the investigation conducted to determine exactly how Frazier was able to obtain employment with the state of New Jersey after leaving the substitute teaching position in the unfavorable manner that he did.
Devlin advised that the so-called investigation was short-circuited at the administration/board level and that the firm that was hired to do the work has not been paid for its professional services to this day. The work remains incomplete.
This is a link to additional previous coverage:
Devlin also confirmed that La’Quetta Small did not contact him as a Board of Education Member, when public word broke about the arrest of an Atlantic City High School Teacher, who is alleged to have committed various criminal offenses, involving a student.
Here is a link to our previous coverage about this.
Devlin also revealed that he believes that his critical public comments about La’Quetta and Marty Small and their inaction regarding (their relative) Kayan Frazier led to his ouster from The Atlantic City Municipal Utilities Authority.
Devlin previously announced on-air with us, that he has officially filed his lawsuit against the City of Atlantic City and various elected and appointed officials, seeking damages as a result of Marty Small and City Council’s actions to remove him from the Atlantic City municipal utilities authority.
SOURCE: John Devlin, Member of the Atlantic City Board of Education.
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