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School board disgrace – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Letters To Editor.

A tutor in the Fairbanks School District has been accused of sexual molestation of a high school student. There were accusations that the Schools Superintendent did not act quickly enough to remove this man from employment, so he was fired. Now this … which I hadn’t heard … about removing his name from diplomas.

I don’t know if the tutor molested this teenager. I didn’t know for certain that another teacher 25 years ago did not molest the teenager who claimed it either. That teacher (whose name I won’t use because he’s had plenty of grief) insisted he didn’t and the laws were different back then. He didn’t go to jail, but he did lose his job. He’s gone on to other fields and there never been any mention of sexually immoral behavior, with or without teenage boys.

Which is my way of saying that the tutor should be treated as innocent until PROVEN guilty, and I am ashamed of our community and our nation for treating him otherwise. It’s time to stop the insanity of just assuming that an accusation is proof of a crime. Until a jury decides the facts of the case, he is NOT GUILTY of sexual molestation of a student.

Pete Lewis, the superintendent, is challenging his dismissal in court and we’ll see where that goes. In the same way, this should be a jury decision, not left up to unelected judges or bureaucrats and if the school board is found to have been out of line, we the people should consider a recall election.

Yes, that is a drastic move. These sorts of witch hunts are highly destructive of our society and they do not prevent sexual molestation. We need a more reasoned response that returns to the concepts of liberty represented in our Constitution. We the people can bring us back to that place, if we will start demanding our elected representatives make decisions based on those principles or be removed from office by their employers — us.

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