For what it’s worth, I disagree with the August 15th editorial titled “Ralph Plagman Not at Fault”.

As a retired high school principal who is also not of the millennial generation, I find fault with Dr. Plagman’s actions in that he was wrong when he did not inform the district of the original allegations against the teacher, what he had done to investigate them, and what the results of his investigation were and any actions he had taken based upon his findings.

At that point, it should have then been up to the district to review them and either not pursue the matter or to investigate it further. By not doing so, Dr. Plagman created the perception of a situation that I saw many times with high-performing public and private high schools facing such an issue, decisions made more to protect the reputation of either the administration’s ineptitude or the school’s standing in lieu of following policy or simply “doing the right thing”.

We may never know for sure why Dr. Plagman acted as he did, but based upon my experiences of such matters and what I’ve read of this situation, my personal opinion is that Dr. Plagman was guilty — of letting down the students, the faculty, the parents, the district, and the community by failing to perform the duties for which he had been hired.


  1. Excellent point about protecting reputations rather than doing what’s right (see “Joe Paterno”).

    But, this would carry more weight if the “retired high school principal who is also not of the millennial generation” had a name other than “The Defender.”