This is the statement of charges against celebrated teacher Rafe Esquith.

 

There is a lot here that is shocking.

 

But I can’t help but wonder about the claims of actions attributed to him forty years ago. Where is the evidence? How trustworthy are those statements?

 

I hope that Rafe’s lawyer is aggressive and insists on a fair hearing, with witnesses willing to stand behind their statements.

 

I still have a strong recollection of the McMartin daycare center and similar cases, where children accused adults of improper behavior and the adults were sent to jail for years. But the charges were false.  A charge is a charge. It is not evidence until someone is willing to back it up.