I have a question for legal dopers. If a person of authority (ie teacher) observes one child hitting another (lets say a young child and lets say the teacher successfully intervenes to stop the attack), how is it that the person of authority does not have to report this incident to the police as an assault and battery? One person physically hits another-as I understand it the very definition of battery, and the teacher does not report this crime. How can the teacher and school system get away with failing to report it? I understand the practical matter that the police would be swamped with petty schoolyard tussles, the kids would be traumatized, the school would be disrupted, etc. I agree that reporting to the police is a bad thing. What I don’t understand is the legal justification for not reporting this. No, my kid wasn’t attacked in school. This is just (thank goodness) a theoretical question on my part.
I am aware that parents can and do file charges in some of these cases, I don’t know the outcomes. My question is limited to the responsibilities of the people of authority who have direct knowledge of the incident.