No Rush to Judgment (1/27/09)
Everyone agrees the heat stroke death of Pleasure Ridge Park football player Max Gilpin during practice last year was a tragedy. But now that PRP head coach Jason Stinson has been indicted on a charge of reckless homicide, sides in this community have been drawn in a heated debate about whether this was an unavoidable accident or a crime.
Some people insist Max was driven irresponsibly hard on a sweltering day and that Stinson recklessly put his life - and everyone else's - in danger by withholding water. But do they really know that?
And then, there are the folks standing up for Stinson, claiming he did everything by the book, never took chances with any kid's health and should never have been indicted. But do they know that?
The one thing everyone should know is this: An indictment is not a guilty verdict. At this point, Jason Stinson should by no means be regarded as a criminal. But it is in this community's best interest to learn what really did happen that day last summer.
Whatever allegations and evidence the Grand Jury saw were obviously enough to convince them a trial was warranted. But will all that stand up to the scrutiny of the courtroom? We'll see.
What we don't need is a rush to judgment -- either way -- by people being swayed by their emotions instead of their reason.
What do you think? Call and let us know.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.