Accused Janitor Freed

Now I am fully aware that this is a sensitive subject, but as a former teacher in the NYC Board of Ed, I find myself haunted by this week’s news story about the school custodian who was accused of sexually molesting an 8 year-old student. The man spent two days at Riker’s Island, was taunted and threatened by inmates (child molesters are the lowest of the low in prison), and his wife and other family members suffered telephoned death threats. He was released due to “inconsistencies” in the child’s story, although the 8 year-old hasn’t retracted her allegations as of this writing. Oh, and the Dept. of Ed offered him his job back “if he wants it”. Now, let me say up front that I am not a parent, although I taught high school to inner-city kids. And I fully realize that school systems MUST take these kinds of allegations very seriously! But I also can’t help thinking there may have been a better way to handle this. First of all, would YOU want your job back after YOUR name was broadcasted all over television, and you were taken out of YOUR workplace in handcuffs? What kind of trauma will he and his family have to survive? Was there a better way to do this?

2 Comments so far

  1. eric (unregistered) on March 26th, 2007 @ 11:42 am

    Tricky ground you’re covering here, Fern. We live in that “for the children” society where everything’s reactionary and perceived threats to children must be taken with utmost fear, loathing and punishment.
    Given how possible and likely it is this man did nothing, it’ll be a shocker if he not only declines his old job but sues their asses.

  2. Gerald Tricarico (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 6:59 pm

    Another example of our so called great justice system. This poor mans life is ruined. His arrest was a complete outrage. No accountability on the part of law enforcement.

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