As cited in a recent editorial the Washington State Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that “the names of teachers must be disclosed only in sexual misconduct cases where the alleged misdeeds are substantiated.” This supports due process rights and protects teachers, who are quite vulnerable since they are working with children, from unsubstantiated claims of improper conduct.
This must be the fourth or fifth editorial saying the decision is wrong. However, I really can’t fathom why unsupported claims should be made public. If someone is arrested, then publish the name; an arrest means there has to be at least some sort of evidence of a crime. Otherwise, I think withholding the names is the proper course of action. Continue reading