Just to make sure you understand this, let's revisit the scenario. Mr. Science Teacher commits an inappropriate act with a student. Mr. Science Teacher is called into Mrs. Personnel Officer's office and told "We have a report that you have had an inappropriate relationship with Miss Blonde Student. We would rather not file charges and ruin your career, so we are giving you the option to resign."
Mr. Science Teacher said, "I don't want to resign. I didn't do anything wrong."
Mrs. Personnel Officer replies, "Well I don't have any proof of whether you did or didn't. If you resign today, we won't mention it when someone calls for a recommendation or report it to the police. It will go no further if you resign today."
Naturally Mr. Science Teacher resigns. Now I understand the practice. It is quick, clean, and requires no documentation or lawyer. With a simple signature the incident is forgotten. The school district is not required to prove any allegations. Teachers are not pitted against each other as witnesses. And a career is not ruined--justifiably or not.
In a case I am personally acquainted with, the teacher taught in no less than five school districts. That's five districts who had an opportunity to put a stop to illegal activity and chose not to. It all came to a head when the parent's of the last girl filed charges.
This practice may be changing. The young lady who was abused is suing the first district that employed the teacher. The suit claims the district knew the teacher was involved in inappropriate relations with students and chose to 'pass him to another district' rather than handle the problem in the legal system. Then this last month a second suit was brought against the same district for the same thing. Now that district will be forced to do what it was trying to avoid--spending time investigating and documenting to prepare for a court case. However, now it will be preparing for two different suits.
I applaud these young women who have chosen to take this step. Basically they are saying "I wouldn't have gone through this if you'd taken care of the problem rather than pass him on to my district." I am thrilled that someone has the courage to stand up to a school district and fight for what is right. It is high time this practice was stopped. If we can't trust the districts to do the right thing, maybe the court can force them. If enough lawsuits are filed, school districts will decide that sweeping this under the rug is not worth the risk. If you have been molested by a teacher or coach, I encourage you to consider further action.