The comment appeared to be in response to my post about the situation with Joplin High School students and a Dropbox server filled with naked photos, but it was left on a post from a few days about my health.
The secret- I used to teach in the Joplin R-8 School District and C. J. Huff fired me.
I am sorry, readers. I don't know why I have never written anything about that; it must have slipped my mind.
This reader thought that I should accompany everything I write about the school district with a disclaimer.
That is not going to happen. My readers are fully aware of the rather public way in which I was fired and new readers become aware of it quickly. The investigative reports I have made on the school district have held up over two years. If someone wants to believe that everything I write about C. J. Huff is a lie, there is nothing I can do about it, nor do I care to waste my time trying.
The readers who have been open-minded, while they may not always agree with my take on some of the events that have occurred, know that I put a lot of work into finding sources, both human and in documents, before I post anything.
And that being said, they also know that when I make an error, I admit it- There had been no arrests made in connection with the JHS Dropbox scandal when I made my initial post Tuesday night. Some of my ever-present critics were howling with glee when the Joplin Police Department and Principal Kerry Sachetta issued statements that contradicted my story. They jumped all over my sources and made fun of them.
My sources did not steer me wrong. They gave me solid information and it came from approximately three dozen of them. I am the one who took that solid information and did something I try to avoid- I made an unwarranted leap from what I knew to what made sense to me, but which I did not know to a certainty.
At this point, the rest of the information on the post continues to be confirmed though, for the most part, each bit of information appears to be being unveiled slowly by the official sources. I don't help myself or the Turner Report when I make mistakes, but I would do more damage to the blog if I followed the approach of many in public life and never admitted when I was wrong.
The original post will be amended with a statement showing that I made the mistake and have corrected it.
Thoughts about the traditional media and perceived bias against the Joplin R-8 School District
I was amused last night by how many people on Facebook refused to believe anything about the Dropbox situation until it had been confirmed by the traditional media. Is it any wonder that people like Bruce Speck, David Wallace, and C. J. Huff have managed to flourish in Joplin?
There also seems to be an undercurrent out there that the only reason I wrote the story was to "get" back at the Joplin School District.
I do not look at this story as an attack on the school district. It is a sad, sad occurrence that is happening more and more often in this technological age. It is easy for people to make a stupid mistake and keep paying for it forever. And it is also a wake up call for any parents who might not realize the things that are going on in today's youth culture and to any student who does not fully understand the consequences that a fleeting action can have on their lives.
I have seen a lot of comments blaming this on the school district and on C. J. Huff. I don't see how you can pin this on either. Students have technology at their beck and call with their laptops, but it appears much of what took place was on their ever-present cellphones. Teachers and administrators fought to keep cellphones in the lockers, but that was given up a few years ago. It was not because of the students' defiance, but protests from parents who wanted to be able to text their children even during class and did not want to go through the hassle of calling the office if they wanted to contact their children.
Many parents chose convenience over education in that instance, If we are going to make that choice as a society, we need to come up with a better plan to deal with the consequences and prevent this kind of thing from happening.