Child mistreatment reports drop in Washington amid pandemic

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state agency that investigates child abuse said it has received 59% fewer reports of misconduct per week this school year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The Seattle Times reported Wednesday that the state Department of Children, Youth, and Families also said it had received 87% fewer calls from concerned mandatory reporters on average per week at the end of the last school year. The Times reported that the figures suggest a large amount of student mistreatment is going undetected. Officials and experts have warned that kids are likely to experience more harm during the pandemic, not less.