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Forsyth Co. School District Fails To Report Possible Crimes

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Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

Following a two-year investigation by the SBI, the Forsyth County district attorney says it appears that about 20 possible crimes were not reported by local school officials to law enforcement. D.A. Jim O'Neill called on the State to examine reporting practices by the school district. The investigation turned up about 20 cases that were eventually prosecuted but not properly reported. The district maintains the lack of reporting was a misinterpretation of the law and not malicious. "Since this investigation started we have been working very closely with the District Attorney and with law enforcement to make sure we are you know reporting things correctly and efficiently and we share the same goals that they have which is to make sure children are safe when they're in our schools," said spokesperson Theo Helm.

The school now keeps a record of all allegations, including those that don't result in discipline. Helm said the district has no additional plans for procedural changes at this time. District Attorney O'Neill did not return multiple calls seeking comment.

Jeff Tiberii is the co-host of WUNC's "Due South." Jeff joined WUNC in 2011. During his 20 years in public radio, he was Morning Edition Host at WFDD and WUNC’s Greensboro Bureau Chief and later, the Capitol Bureau Chief. Jeff has covered state and federal politics, produced the radio documentary “Right Turn,” launched a podcast, and was named North Carolina Radio Reporter of the Year four times.
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