Important news on the Ramat Bet Shemesh alleged molesting teacher case.
Rabbi Akiva Kagan, of Toras Eliyahu, was served with a restraining order by the Bet Shemesh Police on Thursday.
This reportedly restricts him from coming into contact with children
for 15 days, while the police continue their investigation into
multiple complaints of child abuse by the teacher.
Meanwhile, the Toras Eliyahu school is retaining Kagan as a teacher
of 30 young boys in the classroom. The school management claims that the restraining order only restricts Kagan from teaching in his old school, Ishrei Lev, which ceased to exist over the past summer, and therefore has no influence or impact upon Toras Eliyahu.
It is astounding that, despite all the outcry over the past three
months by parents, by the general public (led by UOJ and others),and by Rav Chaim Soloveichik, that the school is still insisting that the teacher is totally innocent beyond any shadow of doubt, and is therefore fully fit to teacher young children.
Furthermore, the school's previous claims, to justify their decision
to employ the alleged pedophile while under police investigation, that:
* there were no complaints
* there were complaints but the school has investigated and found
* there was "only" one complaint, by a family of miscreants
* that the school has not received official notification of anything,
from anybody, are all exposed now as total fabrications - schemes and lies.
Nothing but a scam to protect the teacher and the "good name" of their school. They are scared stiff of investigations now progressing - to the previous seven years Kagan worked with children at Toras Eliyahu.
The complaints are for real; and the risks to the kids are real. And there are probably more damaged kids whose parents must now step forward.
The outcry is vindicated. Heads must roll at Toras Eliyahu.