Atlantic City High School Principal Failed to Report Child Abuse?

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Atlantic City’s high school principal allegedly failed to report child abuse. That’s according to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.

ACHS principal Constance Days-Chapman is facing multiple charges.

  • Failure to report child abuse.
  • Official misconduct.
  • Hindering apprehension of another.
  • Obstruction of justice.

Allegation: Atlantic City High School Principal Failed to Report Child Abuse.

On January 22, 2024, a juvenile student at the high school informed a school staff member that the student had been emotionally and physically abused by the student’s parents and that the student had previously disclosed this abuse to Mrs. Days-Chapman.

The school staff member discussed the matter with Days-Chapman later that same day.

Days-Chapman denied that the student ever disclosed the abuse to her previously but told the school staffer that she would report the matter to the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P, formerly known as DYFS).

Both the staffer and another eyewitness to the conversation believed that Days Chapman was going to notify the authorities as they were leaving her office.

The other eyewitness even told Days-Chapman that she (the eyewitness) would notify DCP&P, but that Days-Chapman insisted that she would make the notification.

Later that evening, Days-Chapman met with the juvenile’s parents at the parents’ house and informed them that the juvenile disclosed to school staff that the juvenile was being abused by them.

DCP&P confirmed that there was no disclosure reported to them regarding the abuse of the juvenile from Days-Chapman or any other member of the staff from Atlantic City High School.

This incident was investigated by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Victims Unit and the Professional Standards and Accountability Unit.

The home of Mayor Marty Small and AC school boss LaQuetta was surrounded and searched on Thursday, 3/28.

Court documents allege Days-Chapman didn’t report the incident for the purpose of protecting the juvenile’s parents from being investigated.

Days-Chapman was asked to step down as president of Atlantic City Democratic Committee.

Chapman was in charge of Mayor Marty Small’s recent re-election campaign.

La’ Quetta Small, wife of the Mayor, is the AC school district superintendent.

Days-Chapman has a court appearance on April 24.

When suspecting abuse, someone like Days-Chapman should have reported the abuse as required by law and school district policy.

*** These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

*** Anyone with information about this incident or other serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office’s Website at ACPO.

1 thought on “Atlantic City High School Principal Failed to Report Child Abuse?”

  1. Kelsey Landgraf

    Word on the streets is Smalls daughter got pregnant by a gang member who they didn’t approve of. They physically abused their daughter until she lost the baby. Disgusting.

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