Blue Springs mom drafts petition to close loophole in state child abuse law

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. - A Blue Springs, Mo., mom hopes a petition she has drafted will help close a loop-hole in state law that the 41 Action News Investigators first exposed last year.

Susan Wolf learned about the loophole in 2012 when her son Jake was involved in an incident with his teacher.

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Students and other adults in the room told administrators the teacher grabbed Jake by the neck and forced him to the floor.

However, the teacher told administrators the incident did not happen. The district dismissed the abuse allegation.

Wolf was surprised to learn Missouri state law allowed districts the option of investigating cases of child abuse by its own staff.

Wolf drafted an online petition and started a Facebook page hoping to solve what she thinks is a blatant conflict of interest.

"My son asked why did this happen to me and I said ‘It happened because you can handle it and you are strong. And you have a mom who will stand up for other children and make a change," Wolf said.

Susan is working with an attorney to draft potential legislation.

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