CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland School District has agreed to pay $3.25 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged one of its instructors sexually abused eight students. Terence Green, a dance instructor for the Cleveland School of the Arts, worked for the school district from 1999 until 2014 – when he resigned amid allegations of abuse. What is most disturbing is that in 2003, Greene was charged with four counts of having sexual conduct with a minor. Despite those charges, the district permitted him to return to school and continue teaching young children. As a result, Greene continued to prey on his students – which, to date, has resulted in 74 sex-related criminal charges against him.
Parents entrust their children to schools to keep them safe. In this instance, the Cleveland School District seemingly disregarded the safety of its students by placing them in the hands of a sexual predator and then turning its back on them.
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