Teacher Abuse


Teachers, coaches and counselors by their very definition are expected to be leaders, role models and protectors of the well-being of young people whom they teach and guide. Parents who send their children to school, to sports training events or to summer camp do not expect to have to worry about the moral character of the leaders. For this reason, teacher abuse is a particularly large betrayal of trust.

Teachers, coaches and counselors are charged with setting examples for teenagers and watching out for their well-being. Unfortunately, however, from time to time, unstable individuals abuse these positions of authority and in the process, cause physical or psychological harm to those whom they were supposed to empower.

Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard, P.C., in St. Louis, Missouri, is a valuable resource for families seeking answers and help after a young person has suffered from physical, emotional or sexual abuse at the hands of a respected leader.

Founded in 1976, our plaintiffs’ firm combines the talents of four highly skilled trial lawyers, each of whom has received the highest possible AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 rating* from Martindale-Hubbell. Our attorneys handle cases of professional abuse and neglect, including incidents involving abuse by teachers, coaches and counselors, throughout Missouri and southern Illinois.

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If your teenager was a victim of Missouri or Illinois counselor abuse, law firm Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard can help you review your options. A thorough investigation may uncover a pattern of abuse affecting other students as well. Talk to one of our Illinois and Missouri teacher abuse lawyers. Se habla español.

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