Putting children before excuses
I am appalled that people thought the paper was inappropriate regarding the article about Mr Radford. What is wrong with you who think this? The issue is not Mr Radford’s privacy or community shame, it’s about child abuse and I say thank you South Waikato News for outing this predator.
Mr Radford claimed he had an addiction, According to NETSAFE ‘‘in order for you to watch child pornography, a child has to first be sexually abused’’. Child porn is not an addiction it is a crime.
If you are sexually stimulated by looking at children and you teach children all day how can Mr Radford claim that his porn problem never affected his teaching? I refute his feeble excuses.
I find it hard to believe that his problem went undetected for so long. Perhaps the fact is that people are ill equipped to identify warning signs.
For decades people have been too scared or ashamed to deal with child abuse because of its sensitive and embarrassing nature but how many more children will be abused while we are too ashamed to talk about it?
For help or information google Netsafe, CPS, Child Youth and Family, police, safenetwork, or stopitnow websites
Anna, Tokoroa diverse, positive things going on in the South Waikato, while not shirking from the expectation that the media will alert us to any dubious goings-on.
Keep up the good work Florence. C Bovey Tokoroa
BUDDING JOURNALISTS: Tokoroa North School’s budding journalists paid South Waikato News a visit to learn about the trade. The students learnt how a paper is put together and interview techniques.