Letter: A question of values
St. Paul’s School desperately needs to examine its core values.
The implied, if not expressed, presumption advanced by St. Paul’s is that of superiority. There is nothing wrong with superiority. It is the engine that drives the country.
Superiority, however, is not derived from mere status. Rather it is derived from intellect, diligence, wisdom and accomplishment. When mere status defines superiority, the inevitable result is narcissistic entitlement and no regard for others.
Due process will determine if the St. Paul’s man did engage in a sexual assault. I call him a man because men his age are engaged in combat for our nation.
What is not subject to due process is the revelation that senior men at St. Paul’s conspired to degrade and abuse female children who were schoolmates.
If this man is guilty of sexual assault upon a 15-year-old girl, I can only hope that several years in jail and sex offender status will be visited upon him. Then I hope that the St. Paul’s School will presume nothing and teach humility.
GARY C. MYERS