Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Duke faculty failed its accused students by rushing to condemn, but their high schools wisely waited for truth

A fellow Chaminade graduate wrote this editorial that was published in Newsday about the lacrosse players accused of raping a stripper. His point is that Duke University and its faculty seem to rush to judgement against the players, while the private high schools the students attended, Delbarton and Chaminade, supported the players and expressed faith in them as good people. I know Chaminade is supportive of its alumni and truly cares about its students, but I want to comment on two things in the article.

First, I happen to agree with the Duke University President who is quoted from the 60 Minutes story:

"From our point of view, this was an evening of highly unacceptable behavior whether or not the rape took place."

I agree.

Also, the article does not mention the previous assault charge against one of the players. What this stripper did was horrible and obviously she is a very messed up person, but the party should never have involved strippers in the first place. Hopefully, the DA down there will be disbarred, the stripper will be arrested for filing a false complaint, and the lacrosse players will learn valuable lessons.

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