Leader Blues

Friday, October 09, 2009

EDITORIAL >> When teachers set bad example

Charges have been dropped against Tim Minton, the suspended Mills High School French teacher accused of sex with one or more of his students.

Turns out the statute of limitations has run out on the sex acts he allegedly committed in the classroom with a consenting male student, who was 18 at the time.

While we don’t think the state should involve itself in policing acts between consenting adults, we are concerned if a teacher was abusing the trust and authority inherent in the teacher-student relationship. We’re also concerned that the alleged acts occurred in a classroom at the school.

This is not the only accusation of sexual impropriety against Minton involving a student, but so far as we know, no other students have brought their complaints to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.

Minton remains suspended from his duties at Mills, as he should be.

Both the Pulaski County Special School District and the sheriff’s office are continuing investigations into Minton, and Prosecutor Larry Jegley hinted that we’ve not heard the last of these matters.

If you are a student or a parent of a student with information regarding inappropriate behavior involving a teacher and a student, it’s your job to contact the sheriff’s office or the police department in the appropriate jurisdiction.

In Pulaski County, that’s 340-4600.