Parents stress teacher scrutiny

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NEWTON — Parents demanded closer scrutiny of teachers and more aggressive investigations of complaints about school staff last week after the second arrest of a Newton teacher in 18 months on child pornography charges.

At a city meeting at F.A. Day Middle School Tuesday, parents expressed concern that administrators were missing red flags in teacher behavior that could tip them off to underlying, possibly dangerous issues. Some called for more student education on appropriate boundaries, and said children should be warned that pedophiles could be anywhere.

But administrators say they are doing everything in their power to keep children safe, and question what more they could have done to screen sixth grade math teacher Steven Chan before police arrested him.

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