There's an old clich nobody's right if everybody's wrong. That's certainly the case in the Plymouth-Shiloh school district.
The administration is investigating a sex scandal, which has been rumored for two years, involving staff members, but no students. The investigation began in December 2006 because that was when someone came forward with "factual evidence." However, the administrators had certainly heard the rumors before.
Two months have dragged on since the investigation started, and the locals are getting restless. A group of about 25 attended the last school board meeting and they're naming names in an effort to get the administration moving. Meanwhile, the school board has run for cover behind its lawyers.
Everyone is taking the wrong approach here. Because of the serious nature of the allegations, and their persistent presence, the district should have investigated the rumors when they first started, rather than letting them fester, cement and take on a life of their own within the community. But, it's too late to undo that damage. What the district needs to do is move faster they have the same "factual evidence" today that they had in December. And when the investigation is complete, the district must make a strong decision either way guilty or innocent. If the board comes back with a finding of "not enough information to act" the situation is unlikely to ever go away for any of those staff members allegedly involved.
At the same time, it's important for citizens to remember that rumors and innuendo are not facts. Like any good game of telephone, stories morph, change and become more graphic and embellished as the retelling goes on. But just because Bob down the block talked to his cousin Mary who talked to her friend Shelly who works at the school doesn't mean Bob has a clue what actually happened.
Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. But the district must realize that the longer this situation drags on, the more likely it is to explode. With this level of dysfunction, it's little wonder the district cannot pass a levy.