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MT. WASHINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) -- According to jail records, Nicholas Bain was arrested and charged with terroristic threatening on Dec. 7 after he allegedly planned a shooting at a Bullitt County elementary school.More >>
According to jail records, Nicholas Bain was arrested and charged with terroristic threatening on Dec. 7 after he allegedly planned a shooting at a Bullitt County elementary school. More >>
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LOUISVILLE, Ky., (WDRB) -- Six times during an armed robbery trial last December, defense attorney Frank Jewell asked Louisville Metro Police Det. Derrick Leachman whether he took photos at the crime scene. SixMore >>
Police have turned over to prosecutors a list of 26 officers whose credibility could be called in to question at trial.More >>
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Cancellations for church services, child care services and community events due to wintry weather. This is separate from Snow Fox school and large business closings listed on the home page.More >>
Running list of cancellations for church services, child care services and community events due to wintry weather. This is separate from Snow Fox school and large business closings also prominent on the home page here.More >>
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LOUISVILLE, Kent. (WDRB) --- Bowl selections became official Sunday, and the opponent many of the Louisville football players said they were hoping for will be the team the Cardinals face in the RussellMore >>
It's the opponent Louisville wanted in the Russell Athletic Bowl...the U!More >>
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Last week, former Trinity High School teacher Donald Switzer was found not guilty of charges of sexual abuse and physical harassment brought by a former student. But despite that verdict, an air of suspicion and doubt will surely surround Mr. Switzer as long as he remains a member of this community.
And that's too bad.
Regardless of "not guilty" verdicts, accusations alone have the power to taint a person's reputation. And once allegations are publicly made – no matter how unfounded they may be – no "magic wand" can erase them from the public consciousness. Even though he was cleared in a court of law – and has 39 years of experience -- I'll be surprised if there's any rush by anyone to offer Mr. Switzer another teaching job.
There's no question we, as a society, have the duty to protect our young people from exploitation or abuse by adults in positions of trust.
But in this day and age – when it's so pitifully easy to destroy someone's reputation with the merest suggestion of wrongdoing -- don't we also have a duty to protect innocent people from false accusers?
A charge of sexual abuse is a bell you can't unring. That's why we must be judicious not only in making such accusations in the first place, but also in deciding when they're worthy of prosecution.
Call and tell us what you think about the Switzer case.