Shame, shame

The Covington News - - Opinion -

This cer­tainly will be a bit­ter­sweet Christ­mas for for­mer Al­covy High School teacher and coach Der­rick Roberts as well as para­pro­fes­sional Nanette Surber.

Eight months ago the two were ac­cused by an­other school em­ployee of putting soap in a se­verely hand­i­capped, non-ver­bal stu­dent and plac­ing pack­ing tape over the stu­dent’s mouth to keep him quiet. They were ar­rested and charged with mis­de­meanor sim­ple bat­tery and felony child cru­elty.

The charges against Roberts and Surber were dropped this past week by a New­ton County Su­pe­rior Court Grand Jury.

Roberts left the school sys­tem and the ed­u­ca­tion field be­cause of the false charges brought against him and Surber by a fel­low em­ployee.

We live in a so­ci­ety now where you are pre­sumed guilty first by the court of pub­lic opin­ion on any charge like this. It used to be in our coun­try that you were pre­sumed in­no­cent un­til proven guilty.

We can only imag­ine the hell of un­cer­tainty that both Roberts and Surber have had to live through th­ese last eight months. They have lost their good name and their good job be­cause of what ap­pears to be vin­dic­tive lies of a “dis­grun­tled em­ployee.”

We do not have the false ac­cuser’s name. If we did, we would feel jus­ti­fied in scorn­ing that per­son for this trav­esty.

We wish both Roberts and Surber well for this up­com­ing year, and we pray that their lives can be­come nor­mal

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