It’s “lied.” I didn’t use it, the Orange County Register did – again – and you can read the context here:

The Register uses it twice today:

  1. The principal of Mariners Elementary School is leaving her post amid criticism from teachers that she lied on an application to gain the school statewide recognition.
  2. Teachers and parents had accused the first-year Mariners principal of lying on an application for the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program award.

The Register also used it in a headline last week in this report: where it reads, “Teachers accuse principal of lying.”

Here’s what: I don’t believe that Sacks completed this application all by herself. I believe she had help, either in completing it, reviewing it, or both. And I believe that the pending outside investigation will be wasted tax dollars if these questions are not answered:

  • Who, if anyone, assisted the Mariners’ principal in completing the application?
  • Who reviewed the application for accuracy before it was submitted?
  • What was the application process at the 11 other schools that achieved Gold Ribbon status?
  • Who completed the applications at the 11 other schools?
  • Who reviewed the applications at the 11 other schools?

Perhaps my hunch is wrong. Perhaps Sacks completed the application and reviewed it without a second – or third – set of eyes on it. But taxpayers need to know.

There is, however, a larger point. Adults tell kids or expect kids to be honest at all times. We tell them or expect them to let us know if they have made a mistake or are responsible for a mess. Anyone who was involved in the application and who knowingly falsified information should do the right thing and step forward. That’s not to be expected, it’s only what should be done. And if you weren’t involved in processing the application, but you know others who were, you have a responsibility to report it to the investigative agency (not to the district).

After all, that’s what we teach our kids.

Steve Smith