I suppose I could start a countdown on how long it takes before the Joplin Globe runs a story on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) investigation into the Joplin R-8 School District, but one countdown is probably one too many, so I won't.
As you can tell from the headline, the Joplin Globe, the alleged area newspaper of record, has now gone eight days without following up on the Turner Report story taken from public records that the former Joplin School District Technology Department employee who was arrested in February on child sex charges admitted to law enforcement at that time that he had pornographic photos of 10 Joplin students on his laptop.
Why is this story important?
Not for shock value, though it certainly has that in abundance. It is important for the following reasons:
-It is a story about a violation of student privacy by a pedophile whose job included the monitoring of the student laptops.
-What privacy do students have on those laptops now? Is this a case of an employee hacking or is this involve software that any employee could use?
-Why were parents told by Superintendent C. J. Huff that Ronny Justin Myers had no access to students, when he clearly did have access to at least 10 students?
-Why weren't parents told about what had happened and hopefully reassured by administrators that this would never happen again?
-Why was the Joplin R-8 Board of Education never told about this?
Privacy, safety, and the judgment of the people who are in charge of the Joplin R-8 School District. Those are the three reasons why this story is so important.
Eight days and the Joplin Globe has still shown no inclination toward touching this story.
Thankfully, the Globe is not the only news source the patrons of the Joplin R-8 School District have.