Guilty By Accusation?

I think this should be of concern to anyone working with youth and especially to parks and recreation professionals who normally do that on a daily basis. In my humble opinion, a person can be placed in a compromising situation if not constantly alert to the potential negative impact.

What are your opinions on this? Am I off base? How do you perceive this as it relates to the daily duties of parks and rec professionals? What do you do to protect yourself from being put in this situation?

Randy Gaddo, a retired Marine, is a regular contributor to PRB and lives in Peachtree City, Ga. Contact him at (678) 350-8642 or e-mail cwo4usmc@comcast.net.

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2 comments on “Guilty By Accusation?

  1. The Boy Scouts now have required training on child abuse for parents, boys and leaders. Leaders are supposed to never be alone with a child – they should always be in view of another adult. There is a child abuse section in each Cub Scout book and parents are supposed to read through it with their child. They take the issue very seriously and I suppose we should too.

  2. Billy Moore on said:

    I agree completely with your article. You nailed it. The case against Mr. Fine is suspect and our media has already convicted him. He may be guilty. I don’t know. Our media has gotten completely out of hand. If Fine is innocent, I hope the media makes as big a deal about making sure the world knows that as it has of publicly hanging him. But as you said, that won’t be as big to them, so I am sure it won’t happen. In the case of Jim Boeheim, we have self-righteous groups screaming for him to be fired because he initially defended his lifetime friend, which was understandable. He has since apologized. He has said he should have just waited for the facts to come out. But before it is over, just watch, he will lose his job even if he did nothing wrong.

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