Training groups weigh in amid sexual assault accusations against Hilton CSD principal

Stephanie Duprey
Updated: April 16, 2021 11:23 PM
Created: April 16, 2021 09:44 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Education professionals go through extensive training on how to navigate physical interactions with students. Following the recent investigation into a Hilton Central School District principal accused of sexually assaulting students, some training groups are weighing in.

Monroe Community College says that they do what's required by the state but they've added more to their curriculum in educational training courses.

MCC says they use the social learning approach in their educational courses. 

Cristin Finch, who works in the college's Health and Physical Education Department explained to News10NBC how it works.

"We help students learn how to manage their own emotions, and learning how to interact with other individuals and that's a great way to show caring and affection without having to be physical,” Finch said.

Finch said that physical contact isn't completely ruled out, but it depends on the situation, like being a daycare provider, or working with preschoolers where it might be necessary.

"We haven't really said, no you can't hug or you can or anything like that, I think that it's something that we need to really think about talking about more because there are different types of schools and daycares and policies,” Finch said.

Educators in a classroom are not the only ones who are taught how to maneuver physical contact. Finch says there's training like this in the medical field as well, showing children what's appropriate and not appropriate when it comes to physical contact.

"When my daughter was going to her physician, right from the beginning of the appointment the doctor would say ok now I'm going to pull down your underpants and look there but I'm your doctor so no one else should be doing this,” Finch said.

Finch added that one of the most important things she tells her students is that if they see something that creates a red flag, it needs to be reported.

"Making a report is not an accusation, a report is saying, 'You know what, we have a reason for suspicion here so we can make sure that kids are safe,' because younger children don't know enough to be reporting things,” Finch said.

Investigators believe there may be more victims in the case against Kirk Ashton. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call 585-398-4100.

For issues involving sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior involving kids, call Bivona Child Advocacy Center at 585-935-7800.

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