Maybe, maybe not. But that’s not the question we should be asking right now.

Here are the questions to which we need answers:

  1. Did Supt. Frederick Navarro purposely withhold from the school board club the news of the Metoyer’s discrimination investigation?
  2. Did the public have a right to know whether an active elementary school principal (in this case at Harbor View) was under investigation for discrimination so that they could make an informed decision as to whether they want to send their kids to that school?
  3. If yes, why weren’t we told? In particular, why weren’t the Harbor View parents told?
  4. If the report that John Caldecott seeks to make public reveals that Metoyer was guilty of discrimination, why has she not resigned from the school board club?
  5. If she was found not guilty, why not remove the cloud of suspicion that will follow her forever and tell us that she was exonerated?
  6. If candidates for certain offices are compelled by public opinion to reveal their tax returns and financial status, should Metoyer reveal the results of the investigation if public opinion demands it?
  7. Would Metoyer have won the election in 2014 if the news of the investigation had been made public? If not, should the election be voided?

Until Metoyer owns this latest scandal, public opinion will be that she has not revealed anything about the report because she has something to hide. Same way a politician who doesn’t reveal his tax returns is suspected.

But Metoyer won’t say anything because that’s not the way the school board club works. Even if John Caldecott prevails and the report is made public, Metoyer will issue some appropriately worded, i.e., meaningless, statement and try to put the mess behind her. Or she’ll blame Caldecott, calling him a disgruntled ex-employee with an axe to grind.

Wait for it.

Steve Smith

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