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How would you react if you found out your child’s principal had been arrested on child sex charges?

Posted by on Mar. 4, 2014 at 9:23 AM
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Elementary School Principal & Father of 6 Arrested in Child Sex Sting

by Jenny Erikson

HandcuffedThe Georgia Bureau of Investigation recently arrested 14 people in an undercover investigation to catch people who meet children online and then travel with the purpose of having sex with them.

One of the men identified is John McGill, the principal of Mt. Carmel Elementary School in Douglas County. According to an online profile for the 2011-2012 school year, McGill is also the married father of six and grandfather of three. He’s been a public school administrator for 18 years and has spent 14 of those as a principal.

McGill was charged under the Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act of 1999 and will appear before a judge on Tuesday afternoon. In a statement about the sting operation, the GBI said:

The purpose of ‘Operation Broken Heart’ was to arrest persons who communicate with children on-line and then travel to meet them for the purpose of having sex ... On-line child predators visit chat rooms and websites on the internet, find children, begin conversations with them, introduce sexual content and arrange a meeting with the children for the purpose for having sex.

It’s hard to imagine what parents at that school must be feeling right now. Any stories involving child sex acts are sickening and heartbreaking, but when we send our kids off to school in the morning, there’s an expectation that they’ll be safe there.

The last person you’d suspect of participating in child pornography and the intention to sexually abuse children is the family man that happens to be your kid’s principal. I don’t think that’s something that would even cross your mind as a parent.

A spokesperson for the school assured parents that McGill has been suspended pending further investigation and that they are “cooperating fully” with law enforcement. They also have a counselor on site to help teachers talk with the children about the situation.

This is one of those cases where I want to hold out hope that it was all just a big misunderstanding. It’s frightening to think about the possibility that someone trusted with the care of elementary school children may have been eyeing them lewdly -- or worse.

How would you react if you found out your child’s principal had been arrested on child sex charges?

by on Mar. 4, 2014 at 9:23 AM
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supermonstermom
by Silver Member on Mar. 4, 2014 at 10:02 AM
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Not an issue here, I homeschool.  Too many issues with public school, imo, and I have the time and resources.

ReginaStar
by Gold Member on Mar. 4, 2014 at 10:07 AM

I would be pretty upset. One of the men arrested in that particular ring lives in my town. Disgusting. 

mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Mar. 4, 2014 at 10:08 AM

I would be horrified. At least this one is off the streets.

momeraide
by Member on Mar. 4, 2014 at 10:10 AM
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 I would be horrified, as someone else said. Between the principal dragging 5 year olds down the hall, this, and the middle school coach who kidnapped and killed a girl- what kind of background checks are they doing on these people?

3JuJu3
by on Mar. 4, 2014 at 10:45 AM

I honestly wouldn't believe that my  kids' principal could do that.  I would have to see hard evidence to think that she could be capable of that.  Of course it's possible, but I would give her the benefit of the doubt first.  And by that I don't mean let my kids hang out with her alone, but I wouldn't condemn her until I knew all of the facts.  We've known her personally too long for that. 

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Mar. 4, 2014 at 11:03 AM
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I would be horrified.

People can hide things in ways that many can't comprehend, until the time comes when/if they are caught.

Woodbabe
by Woodie on Mar. 4, 2014 at 11:05 AM

I'd be freaked out initially and I'd certainly be watching to see how his case turns out.

JRSMOM0621
by on Mar. 4, 2014 at 11:13 AM

At first I would freak out. I would probably send them to talk to someone if they couldnt talk to me about him being arrested and let it form from there to see if they were touched. But I definately would be changing schools!

Goodwoman614
by Satan on Mar. 4, 2014 at 11:34 AM


Quoting supermonstermom:

Not an issue here, I homeschool.  Too many issues with public school, imo, and I have the time and resources.

Most molesters are known by their victims and their victims' families. Known and trusted.

Goodwoman614
by Satan on Mar. 4, 2014 at 11:41 AM
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Quoting JRSMOM0621:

At first I would freak out. I would probably send them to talk to someone if they couldnt talk to me about him being arrested and let it form from there to see if they were touched. But I definately would be changing schools!

Comments like this are naïve. 

It is the unknown molesters who should capture our concern.

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