There has been much commentary and opinion in our county and community about the Standard reporting of a school system principal being fired. This Editorial is in response to some of the comments. Some questioned why it was a news story at all. We reported what the school system decided based on what the Director of Stewart County Schools told the Standard. We have four schools in this county with four principals; one was fired for conduct unbecoming. An appointed principal being fired was news, whatever the reason. We had heard many rumors but didn't publish them, only verifiable and confirmed statements. The story was out there and many didn't know the whole story or the truth but commented on social media as though they did. The definition of gossip is, "Casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true."
Elected officials and those appointed to be in charge of others in this county can expect a higher level of scrutiny, especially those involved in the school system, working with our children. I am not passing judgement but stating fact. "We all sin and fall short of the Glory of God," as the Bible states. Lord knows I've committed my share of sin. I have repented of my past sins and asked Christ to guide me from here on out, which is what I'm trying to do daily. Anyone can receive the same forgiveness from God. We should expect a higher moral standard from those in authority and in the public eye, including myself. Lack of personal responsibility for our actions, I believe, is partly where some of the problems stem in our society today.
The biggest differences in this case, of two adults reportedly having an affair, is one involved was an administrator, and both work with children. We can't expect our children to have high moral character if we're not setting the example as adults.If the school system had not released the information, they may have been accused of covering up a scandal, as many had already commented on social media. Sometimes, the truth is, an organization can't release someone's name or any more information based on the advice of attorneys. So many jump to conclusions or assume, and that's where rumors get out of hand and are believed to be fact. God is the ultimate judge of each one of us individually, but our actions affect others as well. As long as the Standard is published we will strive to report and not shy away from the truth, no matter how uncomfortable or trivial it may be to some.