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Falsely accused

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By Sue A. Christensen


How unfortunate that a person or persons from Garfield County could cause an innocent man to be hauled to jail in handcuffs in Carbon County and force him to spend a large amount of money and anxiety to defend himself. The charges against Dr. George Park were dropped by a state court of law, but the Carbon District school board chose to try him again. They alleged that there must be some wrongdoing that hadn't been detected, yet.

He had oversight, they say, so he shouldn't be able to keep his job as Superintendent. (When an employee in Davis county pleaded guilty to theft, that Superintendent kept his job.)

They also said there was a vote of no-confidence by the teachers. Were all of the teachers asked about the vote of no-confidence, or just those selected by the board? They said this was not just about the right or wrong thing to do, but whether Mr. Park would be able to work "effectively' with the teachers and staff. To my mind, this should have been an open and shut case. He was innocent, he deserved his job back.

Instead he was forced to resign. By this example, our children have been taught that innocence doesn't mean much if elected officials have a separate agenda.

Let us hope that none of us are ever falsely accused. Our fate may be the same. A good man and a skilled administrator has been run off. We, the citizens of Carbon County, are diminished because of it.

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