Innocent Until Proven Guilty?

Another blog post related to themes that have come up because of the news of the arrest of the Elsie Allen High School vp.  Again, I cannot and will not comment on the specifics or what the district will do in terms of Mr. Cassity’s employment.

However, I find it quite troubling that so many people are calling for Mr. Cassity’s immediate termination and incarceration when he has yet to face these charges in court.  I’m sure districts don’t need a guilty verdict in order to terminate someone, but I thought we had a nifty little thing in our country called presumption of innocence. Shouldn’t we let law enforcement, the DA and the courts do their job instead of calling for a public lynching?

And isn’t the process for disciplining an employee a private matter?  Let the district go through the steps it needs to go through.  Whatever happens, just remember everyone deserves some dignity, and no one  will be handing over someone’s head on a platter.

“The principle that there is a presumption of innocence in favor of the accused is the undoubted law, axiomatic and elementary, and its enforcement lies at the foundation of the administration of our criminal law.”    -Coffin v. United States, 156 U.S. 432 (1895)Image



About socolaura

Mom, educator, opinionated, passionate, smart, witty, wise Latina. Waiting for my moment of zen.
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