Ashland courts seem to have left us with more questions than answers in the trial of Kimberly Syracuse. Reports have come out that the original charges of sexual battery have been chucked for a misdemeanor plea of failing to report a crime (i.e. assault).
This leaves us with the question of what exactly happened? There is no decision of guilty or not of what seems to be gross crimes. If anything, it seems to suggest that there is at least some culpability. But as it stands, the thing has been gagged.
But the decision has greater ramifications than satisfying our curiosity. Syracuse could be allowed to enter a classroom again. It would seem that the courts have failed to pursue the best interest of students, their families, and any other community she may enter to possibly seek a teaching job.
My my point has nothing to with Syracuse herself. If she is not guilty, so be it. We praise God and move on. The arena of focus is what seems to be misconduct in the court process. The bottom line is that we will never know what the verdict is. We are left wondering, "Did a sex offender just get off scot free? What goes on in those schools?"
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