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STH Pressure Cooker About to Blow Up
A Column by the Editor
web posted July 28, 2011
COLUMN – Some elected and appointed
officials underestimate the public's views, concerns, and in
some cases their intellect. The formal announcement of the removal of Matthew Schilit as Principal at
Strom Thurmond has reverberated far
beyond the walls of the halls of the school. Reader comments repeatedly
say "everybody knew" what was allegedly taking place and the School
District and the School Board is doing their dead-set best to put a lid
on the boiling pot.
This creates a pressure cooker and if the lid is not removed or the
contents released it will blow up in their face. That is what is about
to take place.
Though I have confirmed that some allegations over the past years have
turned out to be true, it seems that the School Board and the District
is looking for a way to call the episodes, yes plural, a "personnel
To School Superintendent Mary Crenshaw and School Board Chairman Brad
Covar; let me know how well that works out for you.
The entire local media pool is awash with information coming from
sources in and out of the school and the district including parents,
students, and teachers. We are getting the truth, just not from those
who are supposed to give it to us on the record.
Moreover, it has become an even bigger issue because so many people
knew and yet nothing was ever done. And by saying so many knew, that
includes the school board and the district office all the way up to Dr.
The announcement of an obviously long overdue investigation is already
egg on the face of those who continued to allow the situation go
unchecked for so long and grow the way it did.
The real question is, who knew what and when?
Is it or is it not a fact that complaints have been registered for over
two years from various sources? Is it or is it not fact that
Superintendent Crenshaw "looked into" the matter in the past and
evidently found nothing? Is it or is it not fact that the real
investigation has culminated in some of the accusations being proven?
It is evident that some accusations are not being investigated. Is that
a "we don't want to know" the truth in those matters because a bad
situation would just get worse?
The situation at Strom Thurmond and the School District is far worse
than the public knows and it actually goes beyond any one person.
The ultimate responsibility lies at the feet of the School Board,
Chairman Brad Covar, and Superintendent Mary Crenshaw. It is time to
open the pot and acknowledge what has been stewing for so long.
Allowing it to sit covered and ferment will just make the unpleasant
smell grow worse when the lid is eventually lifted by the public, the
media, or the school district. The
"See no evil, Hear no evil, and Speak no evil" mantra is growing old.
It seems at least one school board member is willing to make a public
stand in the very near future while the rest dive for cover under the
rocks they apparently want to live under.
That seems to be the difference between a "politician" and a "public
servant". Perhaps we need more of the former looking after those who
look after our children forced by law to attend their schools.
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