Reporting Abuse & Educator Misconduct

Reporting Child Abuse

Every year in Florida, thousands of children are subjected to child abuse, which can take the form of physical or sexual abuse, neglect, abandonment or mental injury. Too many continue to suffer because the abuse is never reported. Under Florida law, anyone who suspects a child may be abused or neglected has a responsibility to report it. 

Signs that a child may be a victim of child abuse:

  • Unusual fearfulness
  • Lack of hygiene or inappropriate dress
  • Delayed emotional, intellectual, or language development
  • Frequent injuries 
  • Feeding disorders
  • Rocking, self-inflicted pain
  • Sleep disorders, bed-wetting
  • Lack of eye contact, poor socialization
  • Acting out in school
  • Unexplained scars or bruises
  • Malnutrition
  • Many school absences

Reporting Educator Misconduct

All employees and agents of a public school district, charter school or private school have an obligation and legal responsibility to report misconduct by instructional personnel and school administrators which affects the health, safety or welfare of a student. 

Examples of Educator Misconduct

Obscene language
Drug and alcohol use
Disparaging comments
Prejudice or bigotry 
Sexual innuendo 
Cheating or testing violation
Physical aggression
Accept or offer favors 

To report educator misconduct, please contact Jerry Crank, Chief Operating Officer, at or 561-805-9927 ext. 102