Father, PVHS faculty speak out regarding alleged assault at school
Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 165, No. 17, April 23, 2003
To the editor,
To the editor:
We are writing this letter in support of our principal, John Robinson, who was in the news recently for an "alleged assault" of a student at Penquis Valley High School.
In understanding the nature of the media, we acknowledge that "Man Bites Dog" makes for an interesting story. However, we are disappointed in what we consider to be unfair coverage of this affair by two local TV
stations and at least one local newspaper. It is particularly unfair to a man who has given 32 years to education and has never been remotely accused of inappropriate conduct.
Credibility is earned; it is not a right. A little leg-work by the news media would have thrown into question the credibility of one of the participants and provided a more balanced presentation of the facts. John Robinson treats students fairly and with compassion.
It is impossible to "un-ring a bell" once it is heard. We fully support Mr. Robinson in this difficult personal and professional time. We also challenge the news media to return to Penquis Valley once this incident has
been resolved and to cover the resolution with the same zeal that it recently demonstrated. We'll be waiting, but we suspend that restoring a person's good name isn't quite as interesting as destroying it.
Tony Hamlin and 37 other PVHS faculty and staff members
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