'Grooming' Prevention Policy and Rules Proposed in KUSD

May 27, 2024 11:15a; Updated 5-29

Update: Board votes unanimously to send the proposed policy to committee for additional public input and review

(WGTD)---An 11-page set of policies and rules that attempts to prevent the type of incident in which a former middle school teacher allegedly crossed the line in a relationship with a student has been drafted by Kenosha Unified administration. The document is up for an initial consideration at Tuesday night's  school board meeting.

Earlier this month 29-year-old Christian Enwright was charged with nearly two-dozen counts of disorderly conduct for exchanging hundreds of messages with a student that the district attorney’s office said amounted to ‘grooming.’ A few days later, Enwright was fired. In addition, Enwright is facing a civil suit that was filed on behalf of the 14-year-old girl with whom he had taken a special interest in. 

The proposed policy cites examples of inappropriate behavior and further clarifies the district’s code of conduct for employees.

Among other things, the policy prohibits teachers from communicating with students through anything other than district email and social media accounts. It prohibits teachers from stating or agreeing to keep secrets. It sets tight parameters on telephone contact.

The policy defines grooming as singling out a student for “inordinate and inappropriate special attention.”