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Educators given bad media rap

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It was surprising that the Auburn Journal chose to put the article regarding Colfax Elementary staff on the front page on Oct. 14, thus publicizing it to the whole county and ultimately to the area covered by Channel 3 news. First of all, the headline should have read “Allegations ...,” not “Scandal … .” Second, it should have stated any laws broken or policies violated. For example, if staff smokes on campus, there is a clear-cut breaking of the law. How does “excessive texting” cause students to feel it’s not “OK to walk into that school?” What law or policy is broken? Third, seventh graders are not the most unemotional of spectators and they are not always objective about what they see. Neither are parents when their children come home with subjective comments. I have known Michelle Heiman’s family and in-laws for many years. Three of her four children attend CES. Her husband teaches at CHS. Sensationalizing parents’ allegations hurt many students and adults before anything had been proven, eroded the professionalism of two school staffs and undermined education in general. What happened to the principle of “innocent until proven guilty” inherent in our legal system? Media should report the news, not make it. Marilyn Greco, retired Colfax High teacher, Auburn